John Tamargo

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Biographical Information[edit]

Catcher John Tamargo played for five seasons in the major leagues, and backed up a couple of well-known catchers, Ted Simmons with the St. Louis Cardinals and Gary Carter with the Montreal Expos.

He went to Georgia Southern College, overlapping in his time there with Jim Morrison.

Tamargo broke into the majors in 1976 with a .300 batting average in 10 games for the Cardinals. Traded to the San Francisco Giants in the middle of the 1978 season, he had his most at-bats that year, 98. Traded the next year in mid-season to Montreal, he hit .381 in 12 games with Montreal in 1979. His last year in the majors was in 1980 with Montreal, when he hit .275.

He was a manager in the New York Mets' chain from 1983 to 1996. He managed the Miami Marlins for most of 1982, the Columbia Mets in 1983, Lynchburg Mets in 1987, then spent three years each with the GCL Mets, the St. Lucie Mets, and the Binghamton Mets.

He then moved to the Houston Astros chain, with the Kissimmee Cobras in 1997 and the New Orleans Zephyrs in 1998. He was a coach for the Astros from 1999 to 2004. He managed for one year in the Milwaukee Brewers' chain with the Brevard County Manatees in 2005 and spent 2006 as manager of the Durham Bulls.

Tampa, FL native Tamargo has managed in the Florida State League for three different organizations. Through 2005, his teams were a combined 797-764, with an Eastern League title in 1994 and a Pacific Coast League title in 1998.

Tamargo's son John Tamargo Jr. has been a player and coach in the minor leagues since 1996.

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

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1982 Miami Marlins Florida State League 42-65 10th none replaced Oscar Zamora May 11
1983 Columbia Mets South Atlantic League 88-54 1st New York Mets Lost League Finals
1987 Lynchburg Mets Carolina League 63-76 8th New York Mets
1988 GCL Mets Gulf Coast League 21-42 10th (t) New York Mets
1989 GCL Mets Gulf Coast League 25-38 12th New York Mets
1990 GCL Mets Gulf Coast League 29-30 10th New York Mets
1991 St. Lucie Mets Florida State League 72-59 5th (t) New York Mets Lost in 2nd round
1992 St. Lucie Mets Florida State League 74-62 5th New York Mets Lost in 1st round
1993 St. Lucie Mets Florida State League 78-52 2nd New York Mets Lost League Finals
1994 Binghamton Mets Eastern League 82-59 3rd New York Mets League Champs
1995 Binghamton Mets Eastern League 67-75 7th (t) New York Mets
1996 Binghamton Mets Eastern League 76-66 3rd New York Mets Lost in 1st round
1997 Kissimmee Cobras Florida State League 71-66 4th Houston Astros Lost in 1st round
1998 New Orleans Zephyrs Pacific Coast League 76-66 6th Houston Astros League Champs AAA World Series Champs
2005 Brevard County Manatees Florida State League 63-73 10th Milwaukee Brewers
2006 Durham Bulls International League 64-78 11th Tampa Bay Devil Rays
2007 Brevard County Manatees Florida State League 74-62 4th Milwaukee Brewers Lost League Finals
2009 Everett AquaSox Northwest League 39-37 3rd Seattle Mariners
2010 Clinton LumberKings Midwest League 74-65 6th Seattle Mariners Lost League Finals

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