Jeff Jones Retires
Pitching coach Jeff Jones announced his retirement from the team and will not be back in the dugout for 2016. Jones served as the pitching coach from mid-2011 when he was appointed midseason by then-manager Jim Leyland.
MLive's James Schmehl reports the news of Jones' sudden retirement comes less than a month after Tigers general manager Al Avila said Detroit's entire coaching staff would return in 2016.
Jones has spent his entire professional coaching career in the Detroit Tigers system, going back to 1989 when he was in low-A ball.
"I've been contemplating this for a little while and at this point in my life I want to spend time with my family and grandchildren," Jones said in a statement. "I am looking forward to it."
"I am grateful for the opportunity the Tigers have afforded me through the years and enjoyed working on Brad's staff and with Jim Leyland," Jones said in a statement. "There have been some great moments that I'll cherish especially being a lifelong Tigers fan."
The Detroit Tigers and Al Avila have made no comment about pursuing a new pitching coach or if the replacement will come from within.