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James William Colborn

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[edit] Biographical Information

Jim Colborn was a major league pitcher from 1969 to 1968. He started out with the Chicago Cubs but really came into his own after being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers before the 1972 season. He was the first 20-game winner in team history in 1973 when he went 20-12, 3.18, making the All-Star team. He pitched over 200 innings for five straight seasons. He was traded to the Kansas City Royals before the 1977 season in a major deal with C Darrell Porter in return for Bob McClure, Jamie Quirk and Jim Wohlford. He then went 18-14 for the Royals that season and pitched a 6-0 no-hitter over the Texas Rangers on May 6th. However, he was not used in the postseason as manager Whitey Herzog perfered to go with some lefthanded starters in the 1977 ALCS against the New York Yankees, tagging Paul Splittorff, Andy Hassler and Larry Gura for four of the five starts, with 20-game winner Dennis Leonard the sole exception. Colborn was then sparsely used at the start of the 1978 season, until he was traded to the Seattle Mariners for Steve Braun. He took his regular turn in the starting rotation the rest of the way, but was only 3-10, 5.35 and was released at the end of spring training in 1979, ending his career.

He served as pitching coach of the Iowa Cubs from 1984 to 1986 and was 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 1st. 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 5th 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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