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James Carol Napier


Despite playing 11 years in AAA, catcher Jim Napier never made it to the major leagues. Overall, he played 14 years in the minors, almost entirely in the Chicago White Sox chain, then managed for nine on the farm. He often hit under .230 in backup roles and reached double-digit home runs once, with 18 in 1958 in his first year in Organized Baseball.

Napier spent 1981 as a minor league pitching instructor for the Chicago Cubs and 1985 as Director of Player Development for the Cleveland Indians.


[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1973 Knoxville Sox Southern League 70-69 5th Chicago White Sox
1974 Knoxville Sox Southern League 72-63 3rd Chicago White Sox League Champs
1975 Knoxville Sox Southern League 63-75 6th (t) Chicago White Sox
1976 Appleton Foxes Midwest League 56-74 10th Chicago White Sox
1977 Knoxville Sox Southern League 50-87 8th Chicago White Sox
1979 Quad Cities Cubs Midwest League 77-56 2nd Chicago Cubs League Champs
1980 Quad Cities Cubs Midwest League 74-65 4th Chicago Cubs Lost League Finals
1982 Iowa Cubs American Association 73-62 2nd (t) Chicago Cubs
1983 Iowa Cubs American Association 71-65 3rd Chicago Cubs Lost in 1st round
1984 Iowa Cubs American Association 80-74 2nd Chicago Cubs Lost in 1st round
1986 Maine Guides International League 58-82 7th Cleveland Indians
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