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Adam Jones explains why he vetoed trade from Baltimore Orioles to Philadelphia Phillies

GiveMeSport | Updated: 2018-08-14 19:56:20

Adam Jones has given his side of the story.

The name of the center fielder with the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball (MLB) has been in the news a lot lately and for good reason as the team was attempting to trade him.

For some background on this star, if you recall, in the first round of the 2003 MLB draft, he was selected by the Seattle Mariners where he would later be sent to the Mariners' minor league system to work on his skills as a shortstop before transitioning to the outfield and had success.

As a result, it was decided back in 2006 that he would make his MLB debut with the Mariners but later traded to the Orioles before the 2008 season.

Since then, he has taken off as a star studded player where he has become a five-time MLB All-Star, a four-time Gold Glove Award winner, and a Silver Slugger Award winner.

His skills have not dropped off as on opening day of this year’s season against the Minnesota Twins, he went off in the game by knocking out a walk-off home run as the Orioles won 3-2.

Moving along to late April, he made some history as he tied Boog Powell for sixth-most extra-base hits in franchise history with 557.

However, that hasn’t stopped his name from being shopped around the league for a potential trade. For those who may not know, the Orioles did not trade the outfielder prior to Tuesday's trade deadline and there’s a good reason.

It all comes back to Jones as he vetoed the trade despite joining a contender and staying with one of baseball's worst teams.

Jones issued the following statement on the potential trade that he nixed:

“Well, here’s the thing about society, everyone thinks that they know what’s best for the next person. Now, if someone wants to pay all my bills, trust me, they can tell me what to do. But until then, shut the hell up.There’s the thing. I’m not going around telling other people and dictating other people’s lives.

Why do they do that with us? No one’s going to tell me what to do. I earned every single bit of it. People before me fought vigorously to get rights like this. When players walked out years ago and walked the picket lines and did all that stuff, they did all that for reasons like right now. I earned this and it’s my decision. I don’t have to explain it to nobody. It’s my decision. Thank you.”

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