James Patrick McNamara
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 210 lb.
- School North Carolina State University
- High School James Madison High School (Vienna)
- Debut April 9, 1992
- Final Game July 28, 1993
- Born June 10, 1965 in Nashua, NH USA
Jim McNamara was signed by scout Jim Fairey for the San Francisco Giants as a fifth round pick of the 1986 amateur draft. He began his professional career with the Everett Giants in 1986. With them, he hit .247 with 8 home runs and 30 RBI in 47 games. The following year, 1987, he played for the Clinton Giants and he hit .247 with five home runs and 53 RBI in 385 at-bats. He slumped in 1988 while playing for the San Jose Giants, hitting only .187 with 1 home run and 41 RBI in 315 at-bats. He split time between San Jose, the Salinas Spurs and Phoenix Firebirds in 1989, hitting a combined .232 in 95 games.
For the 1990 season, McNamara played for San Jose, Phoenix and the Shreveport Captains. Combined, he played in 87 games, collecting 60 hits in 257 at-bats for a .233 batting average. In 1991, McNamara played for Shreveport and Phoenix, hitting a combined .241 in 58 games.
Although he never managed to hit above .250 in a minor league season, he still managed to make it to the major leagues. He made his big league debut on April 9, 1992. He had only one at-bat in that game, grounding out against Ben Rivera of the Atlanta Braves. He hit .216 with 1 home run and 9 RBI in his first big league season. In 74 at-bats, he struck out 25 times while walking only 6 times. He also spent some time with Phoenix in 1992, hitting .209 in 67 at-bats.
He was granted free agency in October of 1992 and signed by the Florida Marlins. However, the Giants bright him back immediately by drafting him in the 1992 Rule V Draft in December of that year.
McNamara spent most of his 1993 season with Phoenix, where he hit .196 in 158 at-bats. He appeared in 4 major league games that year, collecting 1 hit in 7 at-bats for a .143 batting average. He played his final big league game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 28th. He was granted free agency by the Giants in October and signed as a free agent with the Texas Rangers in November.
For the Oklahoma City 89ers in 1994, McNamara hit .239 in 138 at-bats. He wound up in the New York Yankees organization, playing in 27 games for the Columbus Clippers, hitting .130. 1994 was his final professional season.
Overall, McNamara hit .210 with 1 home run and 10 RBI in 81 major league at-bats. In 1998 minor league at-bats, he hit .223.
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