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Jim Essian

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James Sarkis Essian Jr.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Jim Essian played twelve seasons in the major leagues, mostly as a catcher, and went on to a second career as a manager in the minors and majors. As a hitter, he knew how to draw a walk and had moderate power. He had seven stops in the majors, and in his best year with the bat hit 10 home runs with a .374 on-base percentage for the Chicago White Sox in 1977, a team which won 90 games.

He hit an inside-the-park grand slam on June 10, 1979 as a member of the Oakland A's against the Toronto Blue Jays. Mike Willis was the pitcher.

Essian's son, also named Jim, played in the minors in 1999-2006. He is the uncle of Chris Demetral, Mike Demetral, Scott Demetral and Ted Demetral. Essian managed Chris when he guided the Greek national team to fourth place at the 2010 European Championship.

In 1989, Jim Essian played for the Gold Coast Suns of the Senior Professional Baseball Association.

Preceded by
Don Zimmer
Chicago Cubs Manager
Succeeded by
Jim Lefebvre

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1985 Miami Marlins Florida State League 38-58 10th none replaced Tom Burgess (20-25) on May 26
1986 Winston-Salem Spirits Carolina League 82-56 2nd Chicago Cubs League Champs
1987 Pittsfield Cubs Eastern League 87-51 1st Chicago Cubs Lost in 1st round
1988 Pittsfield Cubs Eastern League 76-64 3rd Chicago Cubs Lost in 1st round
1989 Charlotte Knights Southern League 70-73 6th Chicago Cubs
1990 Iowa Cubs American Association 72-74 5th Chicago Cubs
1991 Iowa Cubs American Association 22-15 -- Chicago Cubs replaced by Mick Kelleher on May 21
Chicago Cubs National League 59-63 4th Chicago Cubs replaced Don Zimmer (18-19) and Joe Altobelli (0-1) on May 22
1995 Pueblo Bighorns Texas-Louisiana League 21-29 -- Independent Leagues Team folded after first half
1996 Norwich Navigators Eastern League 71-70 5th New York Yankees
2013 Fort Worth Cats United League 49-30 1st Independent Leagues Lost League Finals

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