Adam Jones wins Most Valuable Oriole
Center fielder Adam Jones, who hit his career-best 25th homer on Tuesday, has been named the 2011 Most Valuable Oriole in a vote by media that covers the team.
It’s the first MVO for Jones, who won a close vote over shortstop J.J. Hardy. Matt Wieters was third, and Mark Reynolds, Jim Johnson, Robert Andino and Nick Markakis also received votes.
In 150 games this year heading into Wednesday’s season finale, Jones, has batted .281 with 25 homers (third on the team), 26 doubles, 81 RBIs (second) and 12 steals (tied for second).
He has an on-base percentage of .320 and a .467 slugging percentage while playing strong defense – his 12 outfield assists are the most by any big-league center fielder and tied for second most in the American League among all outfielders.
In August, he was on pace for 100 RBIs, but was slowed by a sprained right thumb, which affected his hitting and eventually cost him to miss six games this month.
Jones, 26, will be honored in a pre-game ceremony before tonight’s season finale.