Jones looking to the next generation and next year

Jones looking to the next generation and next year
November 7, 2013, 8:00 am
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Adam Jones looked around the Boys and Girls Club in South Baltimore with a sense of satisfaction. Jones has been heavily involved in community affairs since he joined the Orioles and he and the team made a $75,000 gift to the club for a new science and technology center that bears his name.

“When you do charitable deeds, it’s good to see that it’s actually going towards something good,” Jones said at Wednesday’s ribbon cutting for the center.

Children wearing shirts with Jones’ No. 10 crowded around him for an autograph or just an acknowledgement, and the star center fielder was eager to oblige.

“It’s going to benefit a lot of kids, not [just] this group. It will benefit a lot of groups, and hopefully a lot of generations,” Jones said.

The room at the Brooklyn O’Malley Boys and Girls Club has 24 desktop computers, and the children who come here after school were already using them, minutes after the Science and Technology Center’s dedication.

“I see myself in a lot of these kids here,” Jones said. “As adults, we start to see reflections of ourselves.”

Jones attended a Boys and Girls Club growing up in San Diego. “This is something I’d love to do and give back to it. It’s a place where kids can always come,” Jones said.

“It was always a place where my friends came, to do homework and a lot of other stuff. I just want to create a better opportunity for these kids here.”

Before Sunday’s Bengals-Ravens game, Jones will be hosting a fundraising tailgate party to benefit Baltimore’s Boys and Girls Clubs.

Last week, Jones won his third Glove Glove, his second in a row.He added his first Silver Slugger on Wednesday night. The Orioles won three of each award. Jones and J.J. Hardy won both awards. Chris Davis won a Silver Slugger and Manny Machado a Gold Glove.

“It’s more hardware for our trophy case, but everyone knows what our goal is as a team. It’s cool. It shows we have some good players on our team,” Jones said.

“We’re putting up the numbers to be recognized. If you put up the numbers, they’re going to notice. We’ve some guys for the last three or four years consistently done a good job. It’s pretty cool.”

The Orioles were a surprise postseason team in 2012, but fell from 93 wins to 85 in 2013. He has some ideas to better the team he’s been sharing with manager Buck Showalter.

“I’ve been talking to Showalter. We’ve been talking about needs for the team,” Jones said.

“You want to improve. I think it’s a very big winter. Our fan base wants to win. I think now .500 is not good enough anymore. As a player, I like that.”