Garth Iorg

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1988 Donruss #444 Garth Iorg

Garth Ray Iorg

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Biographical Information[edit]

The brother of Dane Iorg and Lee Iorg, Garth Iorg was picked up by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1976 expansion draft and played his entire major-league career for them. He played mostly third base and second base, and pinch-hit a lot. In his best season, 1985, he put up a batting line of .313/.358/.469.

In 1989, he played for the Bradenton Explorers of the Senior Professional Baseball Association. He hit .316 in 71 games with the club. Iorg played the most games at shortstop in the league; he played a total of 70 games. The next season, Iorg played for the Daytona Beach Explorers, also of the SPBA. He played in 18 games and batted .366 with a home run and 10 RBI when the league folded.

After his playing career Iorg became a minor league manager for the Blue Jays. He managed the Medicine Hat Blue Jays in 1990, the Myrtle Beach Hurricanes in 1991, and the Knoxville Smokies from 1992 to 1995. He also managed the Syracuse Sky Chiefs in 1997. Overall his teams were a combined 380-537. Iorg served as a coach for the Blue Jays in 1996, and 2001-2002. He then became a minor league infield instructor with the Milwaukee Brewers and was named the team's third base coach on September 15, 2008 when incumbent Dale Sveum replaced Ned Yost as the team's manager. He was back as a Brewers coach, this time at first base, in 2011. He stayed in the position until the end of the 2014 season. He managed the German national team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers.

His sons Isaac Iorg, Eli Iorg, and Cale Iorg have played in the minors.

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

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1990 Medicine Hat Blue Jays Pioneer League 20-46 7th Toronto Blue Jays
1991 Myrtle Beach Hurricanes South Atlantic League 60-79 12th Toronto Blue Jays
1992 Knoxville Blue Jays Southern League 56-88 9th Toronto Blue Jays
1993 Knoxville Smokies Southern League 71-71 8th Toronto Blue Jays Lost League Finals
1994 Knoxville Smokies Southern League 64-76 8th Toronto Blue Jays
1995 Knoxville Smokies Southern League 54-90 10th Toronto Blue Jays
1997 Syracuse Sky Chiefs International League 55-87 9th Toronto Blue Jays
2018 Texas AirHogs American Association 25-75 12th Independent Leagues

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