Adam Jones’ Hot Start in Japan

As Major League Baseball creeps slowly and cautiously towards a long-overdue Opening Day, five-time MLB All-star Adam Jones this week began to stamp his mark on the 2020 NPB season in Japan.

In the early hours of Friday morning (EDT), the veteran of 14 big league seasons and 1,823 games launched his second bomb within the space of 72 hours, with a 2-run shot to left off Chiba Lotte Marines’ ace, Ayumu Ishikawa.

It comes after Jones’ first big fly in Japan earlier this week, a 449 foot moon shot off the Marines’, Kota Futaki.

Through the first seven games of the season, Jones is 6-for-23 (.261) with two home runs and three RBI. He’s also drawn two walks. Despite his encouraging start though, the Orix Buffaloes have started slowly, winning just one game in the first week of the season and finding themselves at the bottom of the Pacific League standings.

With MLB Opening Day still almost a month away, many fans, especially those within Baltimore, will be keeping an eye on his progress and hoping to see him continue this early success.

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