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Chad Jones drafted by Cincinnati Reds

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Chad Jones tried hard to come back from serious injuries sustained shortly after he was drafted by the Giants in the third round of the 2010 draft, but he put an end to those efforts earlier this year.

When Jones gave up his football pursuit, he said that he planned to revive his baseball career. That’s off to a good start, as Jones was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball draft on Friday.

Jones was a left-handed pitcher and outfielder for LSU when they won the College World Series in 2009 and was drafted twice by big league teams while he was in high school and college, but chose football as his main focus while at Baton Rouge.

Jones is only a pitcher now and threw for scouts last month with the hopes of getting selected in this year’s draft. The Reds obviously liked what they saw enough to give Jones a shot at making one of the unlikeliest comebacks in memory.

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25 Responses to “Chad Jones drafted by Cincinnati Reds”
  1. mazblast says: Jun 7, 2013 7:05 PM

    A (former) football player named Chad in Cincinnati. Uh oh.

  2. micknangold says: Jun 7, 2013 7:15 PM

    That’s awesome. Amazing that he was still a ninth round pick after the accident and so much time away from baseball. He must have been outstanding.

  3. GenXJay says: Jun 7, 2013 7:15 PM

    Bo knows.

  4. usmutts says: Jun 7, 2013 7:16 PM

    The Reds are now my favorite MLB team. I wish Chad all the best.

  5. packerbackernj says: Jun 7, 2013 7:23 PM

    Good luck, sir.

  6. cometkazie says: Jun 7, 2013 7:26 PM

    You go, Chad.

    All the best!

  7. justsomerandomguy24 says: Jun 7, 2013 7:27 PM

    This guy was an impact player for a NCAA championship football AND baseball team, so he clearly has the talent to succeed. I hope this young man can overcome that massive injury and reach his potential!

  8. ascensionparish says: Jun 7, 2013 7:58 PM

    Chad Jones had one of the great, unexpected College World Series performances a few years ago. Dreadlocks of Doom Forever!

  9. uptjeff says: Jun 7, 2013 8:28 PM

    Good luck from a fellow baseball player.

  10. inthearex says: Jun 7, 2013 8:42 PM

    The giants treated him greatly and he’s an awesome worker with a heart of lion. Go get it chad.

  11. patfic15 says: Jun 7, 2013 9:47 PM

    Met this guy 2 years ago. Genuinely nice guy. Hope he makes it

  12. kantbedenied says: Jun 7, 2013 9:51 PM

    Way to go Chad! Wish you the best!

  13. ninerfan81 says: Jun 7, 2013 9:53 PM

    Good luck man…smh…this life is tough you have to pick yourself up and keep moving when tragedy hits. I’ll be keeping up with your story and pulling for you.

  14. rajbais says: Jun 7, 2013 10:08 PM

    Bo Jackson showed that there’s a great post football choice if you’re talented enough, baseball.

    I hope Chad Jones can succeed at it

  15. kingcarlbanks says: Jun 7, 2013 10:23 PM

    Had big hopes for this young man when my Giants drafted him. Alas life had different plans for him. I hope he becomes an ace for the Reds in a few years. Good luck Chad, I’ll be rooting for you!

  16. kd75 says: Jun 7, 2013 11:43 PM

    Left handed middle relief pitcher is the best job in sports after backup QB for someone named Manning.

  17. turnofftheradio1 says: Jun 8, 2013 12:32 AM

    This is someone EVERYONE can root for.

  18. maximusprime107 says: Jun 8, 2013 12:36 AM

    Amazing that after everything he was still drafted in the 9th round

  19. rodneyharrisonstruckstick says: Jun 8, 2013 6:53 AM

    Good luck and good health. Loved this kid coming out of LSU. Despite my feelings towards the giants, I wanted this kid to come back and play healthy. Hoped the Pats would take a flyer/I.R him for another year once the Gmen cut bait.. Oh well, he’ll make more money playing MLB anyway.. All the best to him!

  20. tuucamaron says: Jun 8, 2013 7:39 AM

    Good stuff, good for him, no more crashing this time

  21. thesteelers says: Jun 8, 2013 9:44 AM

    Who?

  22. JSpicoli says: Jun 8, 2013 2:36 PM

    Keep em low and outside Chad.

    Good luck

  23. nananatman says: Jun 8, 2013 3:11 PM

    Good deal.

  24. thurin1 says: Jun 9, 2013 4:30 AM

    You can’t help but root for this young man. I wish you hard work, sweat, tears and success.

  25. alt2go says: Jun 12, 2013 5:10 PM

    I couldn’t be happier for chad, if he was my own son.

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