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Jim Dwyer (baseball)

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Jim Dwyer
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Coach Dwyer signing autographs for Miracle fans
Outfielder
Born: (1950-01-03) January 3, 1950 (age 70)
Evergreen Park, Illinois
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
June 10, 1973, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
June 21, 1990, for the Minnesota Twins
MLB statistics
Batting average.260
Home runs77
Runs batted in349
Teams
Career highlights and awards

James Edward Dwyer (born January 3, 1950) is an American former baseball player who was an outfielder for eighteen seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for seven different teams between 1973 and 1990. Listed at 5' 10", 185 lb., he batted and threw left-handed.

MLB career

A graduate of St. Laurence High School in Burbank, Illinois, just outside Chicago, Dwyer was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1971 draft out of Southern Illinois University, and he wasted little time in the minor leagues, debuting in the majors on June 10, 1973 with the Cardinals. He became known as a fastball hitter who was used mostly against right-handed pitching, and played all three outfield positions well as a reserve.

Midway through the 1975 season, he was traded to the Montreal Expos (1975–76). The following season, another midseason trade landed him with the New York Mets (1976). He rejoined the Cardinals for the 1977 season and part of 1978, and later played with the San Francisco Giants (1978) and Boston Red Sox (1979–80). Finally, he found a home with the Baltimore Orioles in 1981.

With Baltimore, Dwyer became one of Manager Earl Weaver's key platoon players, primarily used as a corner outfielder, designated hitter and pinch-hitter. He enjoyed a good season in 1982, hitting .304 (74-for-260) in 71 games, but his most productive year came in 1983, when he appeared in 100 games while hitting .286 with eight home runs and 38 runs batted in, helping his team to reach the World Series, won by Baltimore in five games. In Game 1 on October 11, 1983, Dwyer became the 18th player to hit a home run in his first World Series at-bat when he homered off John Denny for the Orioles' only run in their 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.[1]

During the 1987 season he hit a career-high 15 home runs in 241 at-bats. From 1988-90 Dwyer was technically on five teams, playing with Baltimore (1988 [start]) and Montreal (1989 [end]), but he did have three separate stints with Minnesota (1988 [end]-1989 [start]; 1990).

For his career, Dwyer was a .260 hitter (719-for-2761) with 77 home runs and 349 RBI in 1328 games, including 409 runs, 115 doubles, 17 triples, 26 stolen bases, and a .353 on-base percentage. In four postseason games he hit .333 (4-for-12), including one home run, two doubles, four runs, and one RBI

During the off-season, he played from 1977 to 1980 with the Mayagüez Indians of the Puerto Rican Professional Baseball League, and following his MLB career, Dwyer played for the 1990 Sun City Rays of the Senior Professional Baseball Association.

MLB Career Highlights

  • While playing for the Expos in 1975, shortly after being traded by the Cardinals, Dwyer was named by MLB as the National League's Player of the Week for the week ending August 3, 1975 with a slash line of .478/.480/.826.[2]
  • In the heat of the Orioles' 1982 pennant race, Dwyer reached base 13 consecutive times over 4 games against Detroit and Milwaukee (Sept 29 thru Oct 2).[3]
  • In July 1983, Dwyer started only 12 games, playing a complete game just four times that month. Even without playing regularly, Dwyer was one of the Baltimore Orioles' hottest hitters during the middle of the 1983 pennant race, leading the team that month in batting average (.474), on-base percentage (.574) and slugging average (1.053). Dwyer's surge helped the Orioles to a 11-4 record in the games he played.[4]
  • Dwyer was well-known throughout his career as a clutch left-handed pinch hitter, appearing in over 500 games in that role. He is currently 17th on the list of MLB's All-Time Pinch Hit Leaders, garnering career 103 pinch hits,[5] with 10 pinch homers and 74 RBIs.
  • Although he was the 255th overall pick (11th round) in the MLB draft, Dwyer's perseverance and versatility carried him to an 18-yr. major league career. In a 2014 essay, noted baseball historian Bill James recognized Dwyer's value by naming him as #4 in his list of "The Greatest Bench Players of All Time."[6]

Coaching Career

Following his playing career, Dwyer coached (1991) and managed (1992–94) the triple A Portland Beavers. In 1995, he became hitting coach of the Minnesota Twins' Double-A affiliate, the New Britain Rock Cats, and remained within the Twins' organization in one capacity or another for the rest of his career. He remained with the Rock Cats through 1996 before becoming the Twins' minor league roving hitting coordinator (1997-2005). In 2006, Dwyer became the hitting coach of Minnesota's advanced A affiliate, the Fort Myers Miracle.[7] He retired in 2016 after 11 years as a coach with the Miracle. [8]

See also

References

  1. ^ "World Series First At-Bat Homers". ESPN.com.
  2. ^ "Jim Dwyer 1975 Batting Game Logs". Baseball-Reference.com.
  3. ^ "Jim Dwyer 1982 Batting Game Logs". Baseball-Reference.com.
  4. ^ Baseball-Reference.com
  5. ^ "Pinch hitter". March 28, 2020 – via Wikipedia.
  6. ^ "The Greatest Bench Players of All Time | Articles | Bill James Online". www.billjamesonline.com.
  7. ^ "Fort Myers Miracle". Retrieved 2008-07-20.
  8. ^ DORSEY, DAVID. "Jim Dwyer, 66, retires from Fort Myers Miracle, Minnesota Twins". The News-Press.

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