Orioles star outfielder Adam Jones has a new job in his hometown of San Diego. It’s in a much colder place than the outfield, and it lasts for only one day.
Today, the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League, a developmental league for the NHL, signed Jones to a one-day contract to be an off-ice official for a single game. He’ll be a penalty box attendant during the team’s matchup tonight vs. the San Jose Barracuda. According to the team, he’ll be tracking penalties, opening and closing the doors for players sent to the box and handing off the game pucks to the referees on the ice.
D.C. hockey blog Russian Machine Never Breaks shared the news today about Jones signing his contract with the Anaheim Ducks’ AHL affiliate.
“I’m living out my dream joining the San Diego Gulls to be an off-ice official and serve as a penalty box attendant,” Jones in a statement.
NEWS: @SDGullsAHL have hired Baltimore @Orioles outfielder Adam Jones (@SimplyAJ10 ) as an off-ice official
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— San Diego Gulls (@SDGullsAHL) January 20, 2017
Most of us in Baltimore know the Orioles center fielder primarily as a reliable producer of home runs and RBIs, a thrower of pies and a dedicated, involved philanthropist. But in the offseason, he’s also a lover of hockey who has season tickets to all of his hometown minor league team’s games.
Matt Savant, president of business operations for the Gulls, said the franchise is psyched to have him aboard, even if it’s off the ice. “It’s exciting to add a five-time MLB All-Star to our staff and we know he will bring a hard-working and winning mentality to our hockey club,” Savant said.