Former major leaguer Garrett Jones will be the guest speaker at this year’s Tullahoma High School Baseball Booster Club Benefit Dinner this Saturday.

Jones is a former teammate of newly hired Wildcats’ Head Coach Bryan Morris. The pair played together as members of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins.

Jones was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 14th round of the 1999 MLB Draft. The first baseman and right fielder straight out of high school in Tinley Park, Illinois.

In 2002, Jones signed with the Minnesota Twins organization. On May 15, 2007, Jones made his major league debut for the Twins. In that ballgame, he recorded his first hit in the seventh inning, a single off of a Cleveland Indians’ pitcher Paul Byrd.

In 2008, Jones signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates. On June 2, 2013, Jones became the first Pirate player to hit a home run out of PNC Park, and into the Allegheny River on the fly.

Jones concluded with his career with 18 years of professional experience with seven of those spent at the major-league level. He then played two seasons with the Japanese League.

Tickets for Saturday’s benefit dinner are $15 and $10 for middle school and elementary school children. That cost includes dinner and entry into the silent auction.

The silent auction will open at 5:30 p.m. with the meal being served at 6 p.m. Jones will begin speaking immediately following the meal.

Members of the Wildcats baseball team and coaching staff will be selling tickets to Saturday’s dinner. So those wanting one can reach out to any coach or player.

Additionally, Heather Tucker and Niki Bryant can be reached for tickets. Tucker can be contacted at 931-273-2223, while Bryant can be reached at 931-434-5362.

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