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James William Colborn

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[edit] Biographical Information

Jim Colborn served as pitching coach of the Iowa Cubs from 1984 to 1986 and the Chicago Cubs' minor league pitching coordinator from 1987 to 1989. Moving to Japan, he was the pitching coach of the Orix Blue Wave in 1990-1993. Colborn managed in the Oakland A's system from 1994 to 1996, then was director of Pacific Rim scouting for the Seattle Mariners from 1997 to 2000. He was the pitching coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2001 to 2005. After the Dodgers fired manager Jim Tracy, Colborn followed Tracy to the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he was named Pitching Coach on November 1, 2005. On July 16, 2007, Colborn got into a shouting match with shortstop Jack Wilson. Wilson and two outfielders had converged on a ball and Wilson had attempted a leaping catch, resulting in a two-base error. Colborn was let go as coach after 2007. He had been criticized for his adjustment of the mechanics of pitchers Zach Duke, Paul Maholm and Josh Sharpless, all of whom declined under his coaching. Colborn moved to the Texas Rangers in 2008 as Coordinator of Pacific Rim Operations, a position he still held in 2011. His title in 2013 was Senior Advisor, Pacific Rim Operations

Jim appeared in the 1999 movie For the Love of the Game as the Tigers third base coach.

As a scout, he signed Cha Seung Baek, Travis Blackley and Shin-Soo Choo.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • AL All-Star (1973)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 2 (1973 & 1977)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 1 (1973)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 5 (1973-1977)
  • 300 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1973)

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1994 West Michigan Whitecaps Midwest League 74-65 6th/3rd Oakland Athletics Lost in 1st round
1995 West Michigan Whitecaps Midwest League 67-69 8th Oakland Athletics Lost in 2nd round
1996 Modesto A's California League 82-58 2nd Oakland Athletics Lost in 1st round

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