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Jamie Nelson #44

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Full Name:
Jamie Nelson
Uniform #:
44

COACHING CAREER
- Named a major league coach on Dec. 4, 2012…assists Rays hitting coach Derek Shelton and works with the catchers.
- Prior to joining the major league club, spent five seasons as the Rays minor league catching coordinator…his coaching career at the professional level began in the Rays organization in 2000…served as a hitting coach for Rookie-level Princeton for one season and then held the same post at Class A Charleston in 2001 and 2002…managed Princeton for five seasons (2003-07).
- Spent six years coaching at the college level: Orange Coast Junior College (1991-92), UCLA (1993), California Baptist (1994) and Cal State-Northridge (1998-99)…also managed independent league ball from 1994-97, including one season as a player-manager with the Mobile Bay Sharks of the Texas-Louisiana League.

PLAYING CAREER
- Spent 11 seasons in the minors with seven organizations and half of one season (72 days) in the majors when he appeared in 40 games and started 35 for the 1983 Mariners after he was recalled midseason…homered in his first major league game off BOS Bob Ojeda on July 21, 1983…walked 13 times and struck out only 12 times in 111 plate appearances.
- His last hit in the majors came off current Padres Manager Bud Black, a double on Sept. 29 vs. KC…also had a single off 1983 AL Cy Young winner LaMarr Hoyt on Sept. 15…caught Jim Beattie's one-hitter on Sept. 27 vs. KC in a game that Beattie allowed only one base runner.
- Career was marred by injury…underwent one of the early Tommy John surgeries in 1985 performed by Dr. Frank Jobe…missed all of 1986…suffered a broken leg in a home plate collision while Triple-A Louisville (Royals) in 1987…eventually had five other surgeries: four on his knees and one on his back.
- At Bolsa Grande (Calif.) High School he was an all-state pitcher but went undrafted…selected by the Mets in the eighth round of the 1978 June Draft out of Orange Coast Junior College…converted to catcher by the Mets, and his first minor league spring training pitching staff included future big leaguers Mike Scott, Jeff Reardon, Juan Berenguer and current Durham Bulls pitching coach Neil Allen.

PERSONAL & MISC.
- Jamie was born in Oklahoma, but the family moved to California when he was 4 months old.
- In a 1990 article, Sports Illustrated likened him to Bull Durham's Crash Davis.
- Hosted a sports talk show in Mobile, Ala., in 1994-95 and another in Tri-City, Wash., in 1997-98.
- He and his wife, Lee Ann, live in Hoover, Ala.

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