James Gerhard Eppard
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 2", Weight 180 lb.
- School Citrus College, University of California
- Debut September 8, 1987
- Final Game October 1, 1990
- Born April 27, 1960 in South Bend, IN USA
Jim Eppard was signed as a 13th round pick in the 1982 amateur draft by the Oakland A's and scouting director Dick Wiencek. He would go on to win minor league batting titles in 1982, 1985, 1987 and 1990.
After a stint as a minor league manager, he was the hitting coach of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in 2000-2002, and the Salt Lake Bees 2003-2012. On May 15, 2012, he was promoting to the position of hitting coach with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, replacing the fired Mickey Hatcher after the Angels had gotten off to a terrible start with the bat. Eppard returned to that role for the 2013 season but was fired after the season as the Angels failed to make the postseason.
Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record
|1996||AZL Rockies||Arizona League||26-30||4th||Colorado Rockies||none|
|1997||Portland Rockies||Northwest League||44-32||3rd||Colorado Rockies||League Champs|
|1998||Portland Rockies||Northwest League||34-42||5th (t)||Colorado Rockies|
|1999||Asheville Tourists||South Atlantic League||64-77||11th||Colorado Rockies|