Joseph Gregory Sparks
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 0", Weight 185-200 lb.
- School Mesa Community College
Greg Sparks was drafted in the 12th round of the January 1983 amateur draft by the California Angels and in the 5th round of the January 1984 amateur draft by the San Diego Padres. He played in the Padres, Oakland A's, the Co-op Salinas Spurs, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, and Atlanta Braves organizations through 1995 (7 of the last 8 seasons bouncing around AA).
He became a coach in the Oakland A's organization in 1997 with the Visalia Oaks. He turned to managing in 1998. Sparks was the minor league hitting coordinator for the A's from at least 2008 to 2011. He became a coach for the Sacramento River Cats in 2012-2014. In 2016, he was named second assistant hitting coach of the Chicago White Sox.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1998||Southern Oregon Timberjacks||Northwest League||43-33||3rd (t)||Oakland A's|
|1999||Southern Oregon Timberjacks||Northwest League||38-38||5th||Oakland A's|
|2000||Modesto A's||California League||76-64||5th||Oakland A's||Lost in 2nd round|
|2001||Modesto A's||California League||55-85||10th||Oakland A's|
|2002||Modesto A's||California League||78-62||2nd||Oakland A's||Lost in 2nd round|
|2003||Midland RockHounds||Texas League||69-70||6th||Oakland A's|