Jamie Quirk

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Jamie Quirk
Catcher
Born: (1954-10-22) October 22, 1954 (age 59)
Whittier, California
Batted: LeftThrew: Right
MLB debut
September 4, 1975 for the Kansas City Royals
Last MLB appearance
October 4, 1992 for the Oakland Athletics
Career statistics
Batting Average.240
Hits544
RBI247
Teams
Career highlights and awards
 
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Jamie Quirk
Catcher
Born: (1954-10-22) October 22, 1954 (age 59)
Whittier, California
Batted: LeftThrew: Right
MLB debut
September 4, 1975 for the Kansas City Royals
Last MLB appearance
October 4, 1992 for the Oakland Athletics
Career statistics
Batting Average.240
Hits544
RBI247
Teams
Career highlights and awards

James Patrick Quirk (/ˈkwɜrk/; born October 22, 1954) is a former Major League Baseball catcher.

Playing career[edit]

Quirk was also a Parade Magazine All-America quarterback at St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs, California where, upon graduation, he was offered a four-year football scholarship to the University of Notre Dame.[1] Quirk attended Whittier College.[2]

Quirk played for the Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Cleveland Indians and Baltimore Orioles in a career that spanned the years 1975-1992.

On September 27, 1984, Quirk hit a game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth for the Cleveland Indians in a game against the Minnesota Twins. It was the only plate appearance Quirk had for the Indians,[3] and was meaningless for Cleveland, which was in 6th place in its division. But the home run was crucial for Quirk's former team of seven years, the Kansas City Royals, which was in a tight race with the Twins for the American League West division crown. With Quirk's home run, the Royals moved two games ahead of the Twins with three to play. The Royals clinched the division the next day. Quirk would return to the Royals in 1985 and play four more years in Kansas City.

Coaching career[edit]

Quirk served as bench coach for the Colorado Rockies from 2003 to 2008 under manager Clint Hurdle.[4] From 2009 to 2011, Quirk served as bullpen coach for the Houston Astros under manager Brad Mills.[5] On November 29, 2011, Quirk became the bench coach for the Chicago Cubs to serve under newly hired manager Dale Sveum.[6]

On September 6, 2012, Quirk was involved in a benches-clearing incident during a game between the Cubs and the Washington Nationals. Quirk was yelling from his own dugout, apparently at Nationals third base coach Bo Porter, causing Porter to leave his position as third base coach and approach Quirk. Ultimately, both teams came out onto the field and Quirk was ejected by umpire Jerry Layne.[7]

He is currently[when?] the Manager of the Lake Elsinore Storm.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Patrick Saunders (September 4, 2008). "These Rockies hit their stride at quarterback". The Denver Post. Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ Chapman, Lou (2 March 1977). "It Seemed Everybody Was After Jamie Quirk". The Milwaukee Sentinel. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  3. ^ http://royalsretro.blogspot.com/2007/10/100-greatest-royals-of-all-time-79.html Royals Retro
  4. ^ Muma, Steven. "Jamie Quirk Is The Chicago Cubs' New Bench Coach". SB Nation.com. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 
  5. ^ http://houston.astros.mlb.com/team/coach_staff_bio.jsp?c_id=hou&coachorstaffid=120857
  6. ^ Muma, Steven. "Jamie Quirk Is The Chicago Cubs' New Bench Coach". SB Nation.com. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 
  7. ^ Fiammetta, Mike. Cubs drop tense game in Washington. MLB.com. Retrieved September 21, 2012.

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Preceded by
Toby Harrah
Colorado Rockies Bench Coach
2003–2008
Succeeded by
Jim Tracy
Preceded by
Mark Bailey
Houston Astros Bullpen Coach
2009–2011
Succeeded by
Craig Bjornson
Preceded by
Pat Listach
Chicago Cubs Bench Coach
2012–2013
Succeeded by
Brandon Hyde