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John Thomas Kotchman

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 180 lb.
  • School Chipola College

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[edit] Biographical Information

Tom Kotchman has been a minor league manager since 1979 and played two years in the minors. He was drafted in the 8th round of the 1973 amateur draft by the Baltimore Orioles and in the 8th round of the 1974 amateur draft by the Cincinnati Reds.

Kotchman played for the 1977 Eugene Emeralds and batted .296/~.347/.391 in 60 games. He made the Northwest League All-Star team at third base. In 1978, he struggled with the Tampa Tarpons, batting .191/~.250/.191 in 43 contests, mostly at first base.

He managed the co-op Auburn Red Stars in the 1979 New York-Penn League, moved the Detroit Tigers organization for two years, then to the Boston Red Sox organization for two years. Since 1984, he managed in the minors for the Angels. He spent 3 years in the California League (1984-1986), 3 years in the Pacific Coast League (1987-1990), then moved to the Northwest League (1990-2000), where he won 4 league championships with the Boise Hawks. He has managed in the Pioneer League since 2001, when he took over as skipper of the Provo Angels. He won a league championship with the club in 2004, and then captured another title after they became the Orem Owlz.

Kotchman also served briefly as a coach for the Angels at the end of the 1999 season.

Over the years, some of the stars he has managed include Roger Clemens, Garret Anderson, and Troy Percival. He has also served as an Angels scout, helping sign Howie Kendrick, Jeff Mathis, Orlando Palmeiro, Eduardo Perez, Jorge Fabregas and Bobby Wilson.

Kotchman left the Angels' organization after 29 years at the end of 2012 [1]. He became a coach for the GCL Red Sox in 2013.

His son Casey Kotchman was drafted in the first round by the Angels in the 2001 amateur draft. His brother Randy Kotchman also played pro ball.

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1979 Auburn Red Stars New York-Penn League 22-45 10th Co-op
1980 Bristol Tigers Appalachian League 36-33 2nd Detroit Tigers none
1981 Macon Peaches South Atlantic League 62-79 8th Detroit Tigers
1982 Winter Haven Red Sox Florida State League 59-74 8th Boston Red Sox
1983 Winter Haven Red Sox Florida State League 49-83 9th Boston Red Sox
1984 Redwood Pioneers California League 91-48 1st California Angels Lost in 1st round
1985 Redwood Pioneers California League 70-76 5th California Angels
1986 Palm Springs Angels California League 87-55 1st California Angels Lost in 1st round
1987 Edmonton Trappers Pacific Coast League 69-74 8th California Angels
1988 Edmonton Trappers Pacific Coast League 61-80 9th California Angels
1989 Edmonton Trappers Pacific Coast League 65-76 9th California Angels
1990 Boise Hawks Northwest League 53-23 1st California Angels Lost League Finals
1991 Boise Hawks Northwest League 50-26 1st California Angels League Champs
1992 Boise Hawks Northwest League 40-36 3rd California Angels
1993 Boise Hawks Northwest League 41-35 3rd California Angels League Champs
1994 Boise Hawks Northwest League 44-32 2nd California Angels League Champs
1995 Boise Hawks Northwest League 48-27 1st California Angels League Champs
1996 Boise Hawks Northwest League 43-33 2nd California Angels
1997 Boise Hawks Northwest League 51-25 1st Anaheim Angels Lost League Finals
1998 Boise Hawks Northwest League 47-29 1st (t) Anaheim Angels Lost League Finals
1999 Boise Hawks Northwest League 43-33 2nd Anaheim Angels
2000 Boise Hawks Northwest League 41-35 1st (t) Anaheim Angels
2001 Provo Angels Pioneer League 53-23 1st Anaheim Angels Lost League Finals
2002 Provo Angels Pioneer League 38-38 4th Anaheim Angels Lost League Finals
2003 Provo Angels Pioneer League 54-22 1st Anaheim Angels Lost League Finals
2004 Provo Angels Pioneer League 44-32 1st Anaheim Angels League Champs
2005 Orem Owlz Pioneer League 38-38 4th (t) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim League Champs
2006 Orem Owlz Pioneer League 45-31 2nd Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Lost in 1st round
2007 Orem Owlz Pioneer League 37-38 4th (t) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim League Champs
2008 Orem Owlz Pioneer League 52-23 1st Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Lost League Finals
2009 Orem Owlz Pioneer League 51-25 1st Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim League Champs
2010 Orem Owlz Pioneer League 39-36 4th Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Lost in 1st round
2011 Orem Owlz Pioneer League 46-30 1st Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Lost in 1st round
2012 Orem Owlz Pioneer League 35-41 6th (t) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
2014 GCL Red Sox Gulf Coast League Boston Red Sox
totals 34 seasons 1,704-1,434 8 League Championships

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