Bobby Jones, 63, is the all-time leader for wins (closing in on 1,500) by a minor league manager in the Texas Rangers system. He is the 89ers/RedHawks franchise's most successful manager, leading the RedHawks to division titles in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2008.
The Vietnam War veteran played in parts of nine major league seasons from the mid-70s to mid-80s.
Other than 2001 and 2006 when he was on the Texas Rangers staff, Jones has managed in the Rangers system since 1988. He has managed Round Rock the past three seasons after the Rangers moved their Triple-A affiliate to the Austin area.
Q: Was joining the Texas Rangers in the playoffs and World Series in 2010 and 2011 after the Triple-A season ended the biggest thrill of your career?
“Definitely. Being in uniform with them during the World Series was awesome. It was a fun time. It was the first time I'd ever been involved with a World Series. It was unbelievable. When they introduced me on the field before the game is something I'll never forget.”
What was your role with the Rangers after the Triple-A season was over?
“I'm a coach. If they're facing a left-hander that day like Andy Pettitte or David Price, I'll throw batting practice to the lineup.”
How satisfying is it to watch prospects you managed like Ian Kinsler, Derek Holland, Rick Helling, Matt Harrison, Nelson Cruz and others have successful major league careers?