Glenn Younes: Adam Jones – Situational Noise

For the folks that keep bringing up Adam Jones, his hitting, pitch selection, eye at the plate and everything else under the sun… Listen up: The idea that makes you crazy about Jones may go something like this… “I understand what makes Adam Jones so great is his ability to attack and be an aggressive hitter, but I wish he would just pay better attention situationally and take a pitch here and there, with men on.”

Do you feel something like that? I bet you do.

Frankly, I feel the same way about you. My thoughts go something like this: “I don’t understand why people don’t realize his attack mode is who he is. You want him to change his approach yet you won’t change yours.”

Yes, it’s ok to want your stars to shine brighter but at some point you need to just understand that a stars light is that bright, just that bright. That’s his shine. You can’t change a stars shine. Some stars shine brighter. It’s attack mode. That’s his way. It’s not a throttle down situationally. We all wish it could be. Right now it’s not. Hard to stomach, harder to keep hearing about.

Would Adam Jones be a super super super star if he could ratchet it down situationally? Maybe, but maybe it will take away from what makes him a 280+ hitter 30 homer guy. Nobody knows but Jones. So while it may frustrate you to no end, remember it’s his talent, process and abilities on display and it’s yielded him all-stars, gold gloves and near $100 million in earnings. Seems to be working ok to me.


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