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Randy Jones (baseball player)
Randall Leo Jones (born January 12, 1950 in Fullerton, California) is a former left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. He became the first home-grown star for the San Diego Padres after being selected by the club, which began play in 1969, in the 1972 entry draft. By June of the following year, Jones was playing for the major league team.
The transition was not easy, however; in 1974, Jones posted a record of 8-22. He was able to turn it around in 1975 when he won twenty games. His best season was in 1976 when he went 22-14 with a 2.74 ERA. He won the National League's Cy Young Award after the season.
Jones pitched effectively for San Diego through the 1980 season. On December 15, 1980, he was traded to the New York Mets. After the 1982 season, Jones signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was released by the Pirates before the season started, thus ending his playing career.
His career statistics include a 100-123 record and an ERA of 3.42. He was named an All-Star in 1975 and 1976. After his retirement, Jones' uniform #35 was retired by the Padres.
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