Showalter, Wieters excited for O's, Jones

Showalter, Wieters excited for O's, Jones

Showalter, Wieters excited for O's, Jones
BALTIMORE -- News of Adam Jones' potential contract extension circulated around the Orioles clubhouse Friday afternoon, adding more positive buzz around the first-place team.

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters said Jones has matured at the plate and agreed when asked if Jones could potentially evolve into a club leader.

"Oh, definitely," Wieters said. "I think, one, Adam can be that vocal guy that can speak up when something needs to be said. And, two, you can just watch him play. He plays hard every day, and he's going to give you the effort you need, especially from a leader.

"If you are going to lead, you have to give the kind of effort that he does every day."

Manager Buck Showalter has consistently praised Jones since his arrival for his hard-nosed play and hustle, and the O's manager endorsed keeping the 26-year-old in Baltimore for the foreseeable future.

"If you can grasp how the game is supposed to be approached from an effort standpoint, a lot of things open up to you," Showalter said. "There are different risks in everything in life; I think in this case the risk is not doing it. Especially with what he can potentially mean to this city, this fanbase and to his teammates. It's important."

Jones has made it no secret that he enjoys playing for Showalter and prides himself on playing the game the way it was intended.

"Buck treats us like men," Jones said. "As a man, I think it's my obligation to the fans, to the city of Baltimore, to the owners, to my teammates, to go out there and give three hours and play my [butt] off. I think that's the easy part. I think the hardest part is playing the game.

"[Yankees captain Derek] Jeter told me this numerous times, 'Don't ever stop hustling. Don't ever stop hustling. You hit the ball, you got four seconds to get down the line.'"