We sat down with San Diego Padres Hall of Famer Randy “The Junkman” Jones for a candid interview about his career and what he’s been up too since.
I recently had the chance to speak with San Diego Padres’ Hall of Famer, Randy Jones. We got to speak about a number of topics, including his start with the Friars in 1973, his ascent to the top of the world of MLB pitching, and what he’s been up too since retiring in 1982.
Randy “The Junkman” Jones was awarded the 1976 National League Cy Young Award after going 22-14 with a 2.74 ERA. His career spanned ten seasons, spending eight with the Padres and another two with the New York Mets.
After a slow start to his career, Jones came out guns-blazing in 1975, going 20-12 on the year with a sparkling 2.24 ERA. After his breakout performance in ’75, he followed it up with the aforementioned Cy Young-winning season of ’76.
After repeated injuries derailed a career that could have been even more legendary than it already is, Jones hung up his spikes after being released by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the days leading into the 1983 season.
Since retiring, Randy Jones has been a fixture in San Diego. He spends most of his time at Petco Park watching the Padres, teaching young players the finer points of the game of baseball, and making his own brand of barbeque sauce (Randy Jones’ BBQ Sauce).
I hope you enjoy reading the interview as much as I enjoyed speaking with Randy. Thanks again to The Junkman for speaking with us!