Jason Jones has some harsh words for the Yanks

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Via Mike Ashmore, current Twin and ex-Yank Jason Jones had some mighty big words for his former organization. From the Pioneer Press:

Trouble is, as much as he welcomed the thought of being a Yankee, they never seemed particularly interested in welcoming him. He shared a spring training locker room with guys who worked for the same organization, but he had a difficult time thinking of them as teammates.

“That’s how I would describe it — you just don’t feel like a part of the team. There are the veterans — the superstars — and then the rest of the guys,” said Jones, who was drafted by New York in the fourth round in 2004. “Here, there are superstars too, but it feels a lot more like we’re a team. It’s a lot better chemistry.”

[snip]

“I don’t think I ever talked to (Yankees GM Brian) Cashman, other than ‘hi’ and ‘bye’ a couple of times.”

As the article mentions, Jones was the Yanks’ fourth round pick back in 2004, signing for a $245,000 bonus. I’m kind of surprised about this little mini-outburst, but what can you do. Jones averaged just about 140 IP and a 3.44 ERA over the last four years, mostly in Double-A, but the fact of the matter is that he was stuck behind bigger names and better talent.  Such is the life of a middling Yankees prospect.

Update by Ben (5:11 p.m.): I just wanted to add a quick note about this development. Jones was a Rule V draft choice by the Twins a few months ago. If Minnesota opts not to keep him on their Major League roster and cannot create an injury him, they will have to offer to return him to the Yanks. The Yanks could then choose to trade him to Minnesota. Right now, Jones is in the process of creating a very awkward situation for himself, especially if he winds up back in the Yankee organization.

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  • Bo

    What could he possibly know about clubhouse chemistry? Was he talking about Trentons clubhouse???

    • BklynJT

      Probably during spring training when he was an invite…. and he probably has a point.

  • Deezer

    So Justin Morneau took him out to dinner and now he’s feeling good about himself. That’s cute. I’m sure Delmon Young is a swell guy too.

    Enjoy Rochester!

  • http://bigbluepinstripes.blogspot.com/ LB

    Someone get him a tissue.

    • Mike Pop

      When you have an issue, just grab a tissue. (Beyonce laughs)

  • jsbrendog

    translation:

    ” i wasnt very good and no one has ever heard of me there because there were a lot better people ahead of me and now im here where im actually upper level talent”

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Oh, you want to be a part of the clubhouse? You want to be “one of the guys”?

    Pitch better.

  • Januz

    Don’t bother singing “Cry Me A River” Mr. Jones, my heart does not bleeds for you. You did not exactly have Hall Of Fame numbers in DOUBLE A.

  • steve (different one)

    “That’s how I would describe it — you just don’t feel like a part of the team. There are the veterans — the superstars — and then the rest of the guys,”

    so what you are saying is that the Yankees treat their minor leaguers differently from the big leaguers?

    ok.

  • Tripp

    Why would Cashman talk to him?

    Better hope he sticks with the Twins…gonna be a bit awkward coming back to the Yankees’ system otherwise.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Jason! Whaaaaats happening.

      Say, I’m gonna need you to just go ahead and… clean out your locker, there, we’re, uh, we’re not gonna be protecting you from the Rule V draft so someone’s probably gonna take you, yeah… so if you could just get that locker cleaned out as soon as possible, that would be greaaaaaat, mmmkay? Suuuuuuuper.

      • Count Zero

        I<3TC

        I want that job — I could do that really well. I’m practicing in front of the mirror right now. :-D

    • A.D.

      hadn’t thought of that, if he doesn’t make the 25 man that will be awkward.

      • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

        Yankees should just let him pitch in extended ST till the GCL starts. AA and AAA are crowded by better pitchers.

  • GEE375BEE

    Sir,

    Would you like some cheese to go with that whine ?

  • pat

    When was this tiger petter ever in the same lockerrom as a superstar?

  • Drew

    At least he got a ST invite. this guy has got to be joking.

  • DocBooch

    Yeah, he’d fit right in NY….
    He would have gotten killed here, good luck in the middle of nowhere

  • A.D.

    Only thing Jones could be upset about was no promote to AAA last year after having a very good 1st half in AA.

    He was really a victim of a pitching boom of talent & un-exciting “stuff”. If he came through a few years earlier then he’d have gotten un-due hype.

    But this is why there is the rule 5 draft, teams can take the Jason Jones of the world and give them their chance.

    • jsbrendog

      But this is why there is the rule 5 draft, teams can take the Jason Jones of the world and give them their chance…..to fail (in the non johan category)

  • Tom Zig

    Maybe Jones doesn’t understand how the Rule V draft works kind of like McNabb not knowing that there are ties or like Varitek not knowing that declining arbitration would be such a dumb decision.

  • dlcb

    Did any of you bashing Jones actually read the article? He didn’t say anything bad about the Yankees. If anyone was ripping the Yankees, it was the writer of the article. The reporter asks Jason questions, he answers and Phil Miller can manipulate those words any way he wants to.

  • Robb

    i know Jones wasnt really bashing the team, but what was he trying to accomplish with that statement? I just see that as something that didnt need to be said, poor judgment by Jones.
    -JERSEY HARDBALL BLOG

    • dlcb

      You seem to be in the minority here. A large group here seem to be taking it as an insult toward the Yankees.

      What was Jones trying to accomplish? Perhaps that’s the problem. Many posters here seem to think Jones was trying to send a harsh message towards the Yankees. Jones only goal was to respond to the reporter. He is asked a question about the differences between the Yankees and the Twins and he gives an honest answer. Good for him. Good luck Jason.

  • Shane D.

    Who the FUCK is Jason Jones? Fuck him.

  • barry

    So all of a sudden people care about this joker, what’s next they get his op-ed on A-Rod?

  • Bobdaknob

    Hey I went to high school with this joker!

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  • Daver

    Check the stats from last year, all you haters. Jason was AA ALl Star starting pitcher. He got a call up to AAA, pitched a 1 hit shutout, then gets sent back.

    He dominated in the minors, and they won’t give him a shot. What does he have to do, date Cashman’s daugther? It is all political. Jason Jones has more control than anyone on the Yankee roster, and can rack up innings. He will be a star for the Twins, then all of you can cry in your Manhatten clam chowder. ha ha ha

    Go Twins!!!!

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Awesome.

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