Gary Jones (manager)

Gary Wayne Jones (born November 11, 1960) is an American Major League Baseball coach and a former player and manager in minor League baseball. As of 2022, he is the third-base coach of the Detroit Tigers of the American League.

Gary Jones
Jones with the Chicago Cubs in 2017
Detroit Tigers
Third Base Coach
Born: (1960-11-11) November 11, 1960
Henderson, Texas
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
As Coach
Career highlights and awards

Formerly, Jones was the third-base coach of the Chicago Cubs from 2014 to 2017 and the first-base coach of the Oakland Athletics in 1998. Most recently, he was the manager of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Triple-A International League affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies (2018–2019, 2021).[1]


The Cubs originally signed Jones as a 21-year-old free agent infielder in 1982 out of the University of Arkansas. Jones played for seven years in the Cubs and Athletics farm systems, including two seasons with the Triple-A Tacoma Tigers, and batted .283 with nine home runs in 899 minor league games between 1982 and 1989. He batted left-handed, threw right-handed, stood 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) tall and weighed 162 pounds (73 kg).

After retiring as a player, he was a manager in the Oakland, Boston Red Sox, and San Diego Padres organizations. From 1990 to 1997, 1999–2001 and 2003–06, Jones led teams in the International League, Pacific Coast League, Southern League, Midwest League, and Arizona Fall League. He managed the Madison Muskies, Huntsville Stars, Edmonton Trappers, Pawtucket Red Sox, Fort Wayne Wizards and Mobile BayBears. He served the Red Sox as coordinator of minor league instruction in 2002.

Jones led the Stars to the Southern League championship in 1994 and the Trappers to back-to-back Pacific Coast League championships in 1996 and 1997. He also won Manager-of-the-Year Awards in 1991 (Madison), 1994 (Huntsville), 1996 and 1997 (both with Edmonton). In his first season with Lehigh Valley, he led the 2018 IronPigs to an 84–56 win–loss record and the International League North Division championship, although his team was eliminated in the opening round of the Governors' Cup playoffs.[2] Through 2018, his career mark as a minor league manager was 1,124–1,028 (.522).

Prior to his appointment to the 2014 coaching staff of then-Cub manager Rick Renteria, Jones spent seven years as the roving minor league infield instructor for the San Diego Padres, where Renteria had been a Major League coach. He was retained when Joe Maddon replaced Renteria as manager in October 2014 for the 2015 season, and was the third-base coach for the 2016 Cubs' National League and World Series championship team.

In December 2021, Jones was hired to manage the Toledo Mud Hens, the Detroit Tigers Triple-A team. On January 27, 2022, Jones was named first base coach for the Tigers' major league team, replacing Kimera Bartee who died suddenly in late 2021.[3]


  1. "New Iron Pigs manager Gary Jones has championship background". The Morning Call. 21 December 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  2. "2018 International League Playoffs,"
  3. Woodbery, Evan (2022-01-27). "Tigers hire new first base coach from Toledo; Lloyd McClendon to take over for Mud Hens". Retrieved 2022-01-31.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Casey Parsons
Huntsville Stars manager
Succeeded by
Dick Scott
Preceded by
Sal Rende
Edmonton Trappers manager
Succeeded by
Mike Quade
Preceded by
Brad Fischer
Oakland Athletics first base coach
Succeeded by
Thad Bosley
Preceded by Pawtucket Red Sox manager
Succeeded by
Buddy Bailey
Preceded by
Craig Colbert
Mobile BayBears manager
Succeeded by
Preceded by Chicago Cubs third base coach
Succeeded by
Brian Butterfield
Preceded by
Dusty Wathan
Lehigh Valley IronPigs manager
Succeeded by
Anthony Contreras
Preceded by
Kimera Bartee
Detroit Tigers first base coach
Succeeded by
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