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Marlins staying afloat due to Jones' dominance

Marlins closer Todd Jones has been the most influential newcomer on a pennant contender this season.

Originally Published: September 22, 2005
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

It was early on a spring-training day before the season, around 7:30 a.m., to be precise. Florida Marlins reliever Todd Jones was in the clubhouse eating a fried-egg sandwich the size of a brick. He was with his sixth team in three years -- but, as always, he was smiling, laughing and being Todd Jones. The subject of steroids came up. Jones said, "As long as they don't test for Little Debbies, I'm OK.''

There was nothing to suggest that February day that Jones, now age 37, would be the most ...

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