Former Skipper helps U.S. to World Baseball Classic victory

The United States won the World Baseball Classic Wednesday night with an 8-0 win against Puerto Rico, and a former Skipper was in the dugout.

Jeff Jones, who played baseball at St. Clair County Community College, was a coach on manager Jim Leyland’s United States staff.

Jones was a member of the 1976 Skippers baseball team, which finished as national runner-up and was inducted into the Skippers Athletics Hall of Fame this past January.

He served as pitching coach for the Detroit Tigers from 2011-2015, and was a bullpen coach for the team prior to that. He pitched for the Oakland Athletics from 1980-84.

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