James William Nettles
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 0", Weight 186 lb.
- School San Diego State College
- High School Crawford High School (San Diego)
- Debut September 7, 1970
- Final Game September 13, 1981
- Born March 2, 1947 in San Diego, CA USA
Jim Nettles, the younger brother of Graig Nettles, appeared in 240 major league games and hit 16 home runs. He also played nine seasons in Triple A ball, and was in Mexico and Japan. Like Graig, he was drafted by the Minnesota Twins and worked his way up in their system. Jim broke in during the 1970 season (after Graig had been traded to the Cleveland Indians) and gradually got more major league playing time from 1970 to 1972 with the Twins.
In 1976 he played in Mexico, and from 1977 to 1979 he was back in Triple-A ball. He did well enough that the Kansas City Royals brought him up briefly in 1979. However, Kansas City at the time was a very good team, and Nettles didn't find room to stick. Back in the minors for 1980 and most of 1981, he came up for one game with the Oakland Athletics.
Nettles managed the 1983-1984 Idaho Falls A's, 1985-1989 Madison Muskies, 1990 Peninsula Pilots, 1991 Jacksonville Suns, 1992 Medicine Hat Blue Jays, 1993 Hagerstown Suns and 1995 Dunedin Blue Jays. Jim managed in the Athletics organization (1983-1989), Seattle Mariners organization (1990-1991), Toronto Blue Jays organization (1992-1995), and for the Amarillo Dillas in the Independent Texas-Louisiana League in 1996. He has an overall managerial record of 792-903 (.467). He was a coach for Spokane Indians in the Northwest League in 2005 and 2006.
Nettles has a daughter named Shara, who is married to Mike Sweeney.