Jacque was drafted by Minnesota in the 2nd round of the 1996 Draft. He made his Major League debut in 1999 with the Twins. Jacque Jones played for the Minnesota Twins, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, and Florida Marlins during a 10 year career. Throughout his career he played left, right, and center field. Lifetime, Jones hit .277 AVG with 165 home runs, 630 RBI, and scored 632 runs in 1,302 games. Jacque currently lives in San Diego with his wife and children. In 2012 he was the batting coach for the Padres Single-A affiliate, the Fort Wayne TinCaps.
A few weeks ago, I got the chance to talk with Jacque. I told him about my blog, and he kindly agreed to do an interview with me. Here is what he had to say during the interview:
Q1. What was it like coming up through the Twins organization; from talking to other players, how did it differ from other organizations?
Jacque Jones: “It was cool. We had a good time and worked hard. We formed a brotherhood.”
Q2. What was the best part of STARTING and ENDING your career playing for the Minnesota Twins?
Jacque Jones: “Best part getting drafted, and then getting the standing ovation in the exhibition games.”
Q3. How did the game of baseball change, if at all, during the 10 years you played in the Major Leagues?
Jacque Jones: “Didn’t change much.”
Q4. What aspect of Target Field do you enjoy more than the Metrodome, and vice versa?
Jacque Jones: “It’s outside. That’s the best part.”
Q5. What was the most memorable part of your career?
Jacque Jones: “My whole career is the best part. I fulfilled a childhood dream.”
Q6. Is there one particular accomplishment of yours that you are most proud of?
Jacque Jones: “Playing for as long as I did was a great accomplishment.”
Q7. You were the batting coach for the Padres Single-A affiliate, the Fort Wayne TinCaps, in 2012. Will you be coaching in 2013?
Jacque Jones: “I will be coaching in San Antonio.”
Q8. Which current non-MLB pro athlete would he most like to see play baseball?
Jacque Jones: “LeBron James. I would love to see him play baseball.”
Q9. What advice do you give to kids who play baseball?
Jacque Jones: “Don’t let people tell u that you can’t achieve your dreams or goals. Keep playing until they take the uniform off.”
Q10. What did you most enjoy about being a part of TwinsFest last year (2012) ?
Jacque Jones: “The fans are the most enjoyable part of the TwinsFest experience.”
Thank you very much Jacque, for answering all my questions! I greatly appreciate your generosity and getting to talk with you!
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