Undisciplined and wild in the minors, Jones sparkled with a 6-3 mark after a mid-season
call-up by the Royals in 1981. He fought back from a fractured neck sustained in
an 1981 auto accident but never completely recovered his velocity.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»December 21, 1981: Twenty-two-year-old Royals pitcher Mike Jones, who was 6-3, 3.20 in the 2nd half of 1981 and was projected to be the club's 3rd starter next year, is listed in guarded condition after crashing his car while driving under the influence near Rochester, NY. Jones will not pitch in the majors again until 1984.