Randy Jones was a former National League Cy Young Award winner who had fallen on hard times when the Mets acquired him from the San Diego Padres prior to the 1981 season in exchange for John Pacella and Jose Moreno. The left-hander struggled mightily in his first season posting a 1-8 record with a 4.85 ERA. His only victory came against the Chicago Cubs on May 31st.
Jones was given the ball on opening day in 1982 and was the winning pitcher against the Philadelphia Phillies. After just one game he had matched his entire 1981 win total. He also won his second start of the season in route to a 6-2 start. But then things started to deteriorate and he finished the season with a 7-10 record.
Following the season the Mets released Jones thus ending his baseball career. In his two seasons with the Mets Randy Jones posted an 8-18 record with a 4.69 ERA.
While with the Mets Jones wore number 25 in 1981 and number 35 in 1982.
Randy Jones also played for the San Diego Padres from 1973-1980.