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East Valley briefs: Former D-Backs first-base coach Tommy Jones dies of cancer

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Posted: Saturday, January 17, 2009 10:44 pm | Updated: 1:30 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Tommy Jones, first-base coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks for parts of the 2004 season and the team’s player development director from 1998-04, has died.

He was 54.

Jones died of brain cancer Thursday at his Phoenix home, said Paul Jensen, spokesman for the Arizona Fall League. A former minor league player and manager, Jones worked as director of baseball operations for the fall league last season.

“He was a really inclusive, energetic guy,” former Diamondbacks general manager Joe Garagiola Jr. said. “I don’t know if he knew the term 'management by walking around,’ but that was how he ran the farm department. He was a tremendous, tremendous asset for me.”

A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. on Jan. 31 at Highlands Church in Scottsdale.

ASU SWIMMING/DIVING

• Micky Benedetti had a record-breaking performance at the Dallas Morning News Classic on Saturday.

Benedetti, a senior, set a new school record in the 3-meter with a score of 455.40, topping ASU great Joona Puhakka’s 449.48.

The school record was not the only Benedetti broke. Arizona State diving coach Mark Bradshaw had owned the Joe Perkins Natatorium record for the 3-meter for the past 19 years, and Benedetti took that record from him.

The Sun Devils scored 227 to place fifth overall.

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