DETROIT – Tigers pitcher Todd Jones today announced his retirement after 16 seasons at the major league level, including eight with the Detroit Tigers.
“This is the culmination of 35 years in baseball for me,” Jones said. “Detroit was a big part of my career and I’ll be a Tiger through and through. From the bottom of my heart, I can’t express what it was like to be a Tiger.”
Jones is the franchise leader with 235 saves in a Tigers uniform and ranks 14th in major league history with 319 career saves. He became the 21st pitcher in major league history to top the 300-save plateau on September 16, 2007 at the Metrodome against the Minnesota Twins. Additionally, Jones is the club’s single-season saves leader, posting 42 saves and winning the Rolaids Relief Man Award in 2000. Jones was also selected to the American League’s all-star squad in 2000.
The Tigers will hold a pre-game ceremony on Saturday to honor Jones and his contributions to the Detroit Tigers. FSN Detroit’s John Keating will emcee the ceremony, which will begin on the field at approximately 6:50 p.m. Fans are encouraged to come out to the park early to pay tribute to the Tigers’ all-time saves leader.
Tickets are available at the Comerica Park Box Office, online at www.tigers.com, by phone at (866) 66-TIGER (84437), at 32 Detroit-area Meijer stores and at Hockeytown Authentics, located at 1845 E. Big Beaver Road, in Troy.