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My new favorite baseball player is Tigers’ closer Todd Jones. That guy is a riot. He’s like the new John Kruk.

We really don’t have as many comedians in baseball as we used to. Not as many guys who are willing to go slide across the tarp during a rain delay, or give a hot-foot to the rookie third baseman.

It used to be that teams would carry a veteran guy on the roster just for the character and leadership he’d bring. Now teams fill that spot with a reliever who specializes at pitching to one left-handed hitter a game, and only once every three days. The same thing has happened in hockey. Roster spots that used to go to thugs are now taken up by actual hockey players.

I haven’t seen Jones slide across a tarp yet, but he clearly brings the funny every night.

According to the LA Times, Jones poked fun at former teammate Jamie Walker, after the Baltimore Orioles signed Walker away from the Detroit Tigers with a three-year, $12-million contract.

Noting Walker’s Tennessee heritage, Jones, who lives in Alabama, told the Detroit Free Press, “Twelve million dollars is a lot of money, but $12 million in Tennessee? He might as well be Donald Trump.

“That’s a lot of generic-brand beer, and a lot of NASCAR tickets.

“You know how many fishing lures you can buy at Wal-Mart with $12 million?”

Todd Jones, ladies and gentlemen. He’ll be here all week.

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