Jim Dwyer

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James Edward Dwyer
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Biographical Information[edit]

Jim Dwyer played 18 seasons in the majors, primarily as a platoon outfielder and pinch hitter.

Selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 11th round of the 1971 amateur draft, Dwyer hit .387 with the Tulsa Oilers in 1973 to lead the American Association. He made his big league debut that summer and played with five different big league clubs before signing with the Baltimore Orioles prior to the 1981 season. During 8 seasons with the O's, he became known as one of the best pinch hitters in the game, hitting 9 pinch home runs during that span. In 1982, Jim reached base 13 consecutive times from September 29 through October 2nd, including eight hits and five walks. He hit a home run in Game 1 of the 1983 World Series for the Orioles against the Philadelphia Phillies and clubbed 15 homers during the 1987 season. He ended his big league career as a 40-year-old with the Minnesota Twins in 1990.

In 1990, Dwyer played in the Senior Professional Baseball Association for the Sun City Rays; in 22 games, he batted .319 with 1 home run and 12 RBI before the league folded.

Since his playing career ended, Dwyer has been a minor league manager and coach. He was a coach for the Portland Beavers in 1991. He managed from 1992 to 1994, then coached the Hardware City Rock Cats in 1995 and 1996. He was the Twins' minor league hitting coordinator from 1997 to 2005. From 2006 to 2016, he was on the coaching staff of the Fort Myers Miracle of the Florida State League.

Dwyer's uncle, Don Dwyer, was a second baseman in the New York Giants chain in 1947.

Notable Achievement[edit]

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

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1992 Kenosha Twins Midwest League 63-70 8th Minnesota Twins
1993 Fort Wayne Wizards Midwest League 68-67 7th Minnesota Twins
1994 Fort Wayne Wizards Midwest League 66-73 10th (t) Minnesota Twins

Further Reading[edit]

  • Jim Dwyer (as told to George Vass): "The Game I'll Never Forget", Baseball Digest, March 1990, pp. 67-69. [1]

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