Jim Eppard

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James Gerhard Eppard

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Biographical Information[edit]

Jim Eppard was signed as a 13th round pick in the 1982 amateur draft by the Oakland A's and scouting director Dick Wiencek. He would go on to win minor league batting titles in 1982, 1985, 1987 and 1990.

Although a lefthander, he played all nine positions in a game for the Salinas Spurs of the California League on August 28, 1991. He even picked up the win that day by pitching a scoreless 5th inning in the 2-1 win over the San Bernardino Spirit.

After a stint as a minor league manager, he was the hitting coach of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in 2000-2002, and the Salt Lake Bees 2003-2012. On May 15, 2012, he was promoting to the position of hitting coach with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, replacing the fired Mickey Hatcher after the Angels had gotten off to a terrible start with the bat. Eppard returned to that role for the 2013 season but was re-assigned after the season as the Angels failed to make the postseason. He was the Angels' assistant hitting coordinator in 2014-2015. He moved to the Oakland A's' organization in 2016 as Minor League Hitting Coordinator, a job he still held as of 2023.

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

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1996 AZL Rockies Arizona League 26-30 4th Colorado Rockies none
1997 Portland Rockies Northwest League 44-32 3rd Colorado Rockies League Champs
1998 Portland Rockies Northwest League 34-42 5th (t) Colorado Rockies
1999 Asheville Tourists South Atlantic League 64-77 11th Colorado Rockies

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