Former Phillie Ron Jones Passes Away

The former Phillies outfielder had boat loads of talent, but two severe knee injuries ruined his promising career. Jones had made a life for himself after baseball, but that too was cut short by his untimely death.

Ron Jones was always just a kid looking for a chance to play baseball. The Phillies gave him that chance and all looked well until two severe knee injuries ruined any chance at furthering his career.

Jones, who was a partner with former Phillie Charlie Hayes in the Big League Baseball Academy in Houston, passed away recently at the age of 41, just one week prior to his 42nd birthday. The cause of death was from a brain bleed.

Playing in parts of four seasons with the Phillies, Jones hit .272 and had 13 homeruns in 239 major league at bats. Originally, Jones was drafted by Toronto in 1982 and by Montreal the following year, but didn't sign with either organization. The Phillies wound up signing him as an undrafted free agent in 1984. Jones was in his fourth season of minor league ball when the Phillies called him up in 1988.

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