'69 Mets: Cleon Jones

Cleon Jones, New York Mets outfielder in batting Cleon Jones, New York Mets outfielder in batting action during 1969 season. (AP Photo) Photo Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS/

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Cleon Jones, 67, on being taken out of a game when manager

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Gil Hodges walked all the way to leftfield to remove him.

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We were getting our tails kicked by Houston. We didn't know what was going on, and we seemed to be liking it. After Johnny Edwards hit a fly ball down the leftfield line and got a double out of it, [Hodges] said, "I'm tired of looking at this."

When he walked past the pitcher's mound, I thought he was going to Buddy [Harrelson, the shortstop]. When he walked past Buddy, I looked around and said, "What's going on behind me?" He walked up to me and said, "I don't like the way you went after that ball." I said, "Gil, look down." My feet were under water and his feet were under water. "You can't move out here."

We'd had a talk in Montreal about me having a bad ankle and I had said that as long as I'm not hurting the ballclub I want to play. Now he said, "It seems like somebody is hurting the ballclub." So I said, "It's time for me to come out." We walked off. It was all fun. Nobody knew what really took place in the outfield but Gil Hodges and myself.

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