Tigers pitching coach Jeff Jones retires

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Jeff Jones, who’s been the Tigers’ pitching coach since mid-2011, announced his retirement today at age 59.

Jones and the Tigers’ pitching staff had tons of success early on in his tenure as Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, and Anibal Sanchez all thrived, but of late it’s been more of a struggle and this season Detroit allowed the most runs in the entire league.

Jones pitched five seasons in the majors as a reliever for the A’s, throwing 205 innings with a 3.95 ERA from 1980-1984. Prior to becoming the Tigers’ pitching coach he had several stints on Detroit’s staff as a bullpen coach.