James Sarkis Essian Jr.
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 195 lb.
- High School St. Martin of Tours High School
- Debut September 15, 1973
- Final Game September 30, 1984
- Born January 2, 1951 in Detroit, MI USA
Jim Essian played twelve seasons in the major leagues, mostly as a catcher, and then went on to a second career as a manager in the minors and majors. As a hitter, he knew how to draw a walk and had moderate power. He had seven stops in the majors as a player, and in his best year with the bat hit 10 home runs with a .374 on-base percentage on the Chicago White Sox in 1977 team which won 90 games. He is the uncle of Chris Demetral, Scott Demetral and Ted Demetral. Essian managed Chris when he guided the Greek national team to fourth place at the 2010 European Championship.
|Chicago Cubs Manager
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1985||Miami Marlins||Florida State League||10th||none||replaced Tom Burgess on May 25|
|1986||Winston-Salem Spirits||Carolina League||82-56||2nd||Chicago Cubs||League Champs|
|1987||Pittsfield Cubs||Eastern League||87-51||1st||Chicago Cubs||Lost in 1st round|
|1988||Pittsfield Cubs||Eastern League||76-64||3rd||Chicago Cubs||Lost in 1st round|
|1989||Charlotte Knights||Southern League||70-73||6th||Chicago Cubs|
|1990||Iowa Cubs||American Association||72-74||5th||Chicago Cubs|
|1991||Iowa Cubs||American Association||22-15||--||Chicago Cubs||replaced by Mick Kelleher on May 21|
|Chicago Cubs||National League||59-63||4th||Chicago Cubs||replaced Don Zimmer|
|1995||Pueblo Bighorns||Texas-Louisiana League||21-29||--||Independent Leagues||Team folded after first half|
|1996||Norwich Navigators||Eastern League||71-70||5th||New York Yankees|
|2013||Fort Worth Cats||United League||49-30||1st||Independent Leagues||Lost League Finals|