LIU Brooklyn Alumnus Promoted to Major League Baseball
James Jones to play for MLB’s Seattle Mariners
Sarah DeCamp,Associate Director of Public Relations
LIU Brooklyn graduate and former Blackbird James Jones was promoted to the major leagues on April 16, and was placed on the active 25-man roster by the Seattle Mariners as an outfielder. Jones graduated from LIU Brooklyn in 2011, with a B.S. in Sports Science.
Selected in the fourth round of the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft out of LIU Brooklyn by the Mariners, Jones has swiftly moved up the ranks of professional baseball over the last five years. During his three seasons as a Blackbird, the Brooklyn native hit .323 with 29 doubles, eight triples, 18 homeruns, 92 runs batted in, and also accumulated 47 stolen bases and as a pitcher struck out 172 batters in 170.1 innings.
“We couldn’t be happier for J.J.,” said John Suarez, interim head coach of the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds baseball team. “He is a fantastic guy and this is well-deserved because of the hard work and dedication he has put into the game.”
On April 18, Jones made his major league debut against the Miami Marlins and recorded his first big-league hit, an infield single in the eighth inning.
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