Jim Nettles

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James William Nettles

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Biographical Information[edit]

Jim Nettles, the younger brother of Graig Nettles, appeared in 240 major league games and hit 16 home runs. He also played nine seasons in Triple A ball, and was in Mexico and Japan. Like Graig, he was drafted by the Minnesota Twins and worked his way up in their system. Jim broke in during the 1970 season (after Graig had been traded to the Cleveland Indians) and gradually got more major league playing time from 1970 to 1972 with the Twins.

In the minors for 1973 and most of 1974, he came up with the Detroit Tigers in 1974 for 43 games, hitting 6 home runs.

In 1976 he played in Mexico, and from 1977 to 1979 he was back in Triple-A ball. He did well enough that the Kansas City Royals brought him up briefly in 1979. However, Kansas City at the time was a very good team, and Nettles didn't find room to stick. Back in the minors for 1980 and most of 1981, he came up for one game with the Oakland Athletics.

Jim and Dave Robinson had both been at San Diego State College in 1966-1968.

In 1989, he played alongside his brother Graig for the St. Lucie Legends and Bradenton Explorers of the Senior Professional Baseball Association. Nettles batted .216 in 21 games for Bradenton.

Nettles managed the 1983-1984 Idaho Falls A's, 1985-1989 Madison Muskies, 1990 Peninsula Pilots, 1991 Jacksonville Suns, 1992 Medicine Hat Blue Jays, 1993 Hagerstown Suns and 1995 Dunedin Blue Jays. Jim managed in the Athletics organization (1983-1989), Seattle Mariners organization (1990-1991), Toronto Blue Jays organization (1992-1995), and for the Amarillo Dillas in the Independent Texas-Louisiana League in 1996. He has an overall managerial record of 792-903 (.467). He was a coach for Spokane Indians in the Northwest League in 2005 and 2006.

Nettles has a daughter named Shara, who is married to Mike Sweeney.

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1983 Idaho Falls A's Pioneer League 20-35 3rd Oakland Athletics replaced Keith Lieppman (7-5) on July 6
1984 Idaho Falls A's Pioneer League 27-41 3rd Oakland Athletics
1985 Madison Muskies Midwest League 65-73 10th Oakland Athletics
1986 Madison Muskies Midwest League 86-54 2nd Oakland Athletics Lost in 1st round
1987 Madison Muskies Midwest League 63-77 10th Oakland Athletics
1988 Madison Muskies Midwest League 65-75 9th Oakland Athletics
1989 Madison Muskies Midwest League 59-72 11th Oakland Athletics
1990 Peninsula Pilots Carolina League 57-83 7th Seattle Mariners
1991 Jacksonville Suns Southern League 74-69 4th Seattle Mariners
1992 Medicine Hat Blue Jays Pioneer League 23-52 8th Toronto Blue Jays
1993 Hagerstown Suns South Atlantic League 74-68 7th Toronto Blue Jays
1994 Dunedin Blue Jays Florida State League 65-68 7th Toronto Blue Jays
1995 Dunedin Blue Jays Florida State League 63-74 10th Toronto Blue Jays
1996 Amarillo Dillas Texas-Louisiana League 43-57 Independent Leagues

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