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John Tamargo

John Tamargo
Born: (1951-11-07) November 7, 1951
Tampa, Florida
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 3, 1976 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
October 5, 1980 for the Montreal Expos
Career statistics
Batting average .242
Home runs 4
Runs batted in 33

John Felix Tamargo (born November 7, 1951 in [1]

Playing career

Tamargo was drafted out of St. Louis Cardinals in the 6th round of the 1973 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his major league debut with the Cardinals on September 3, 1976. He played in just 20 games with St. Louis from 1976-78.

In July, 1978, San Francisco Giants catcher Mike Sadek was injured, and they acquired Tamargo from the Cardinals as a replacement. He spent the rest of the season with the Giants, splitting time with starting catcher Marc Hill. He started the 1979 season with the Giants, but was traded to the Montreal Expos on June 13. He was initially assigned to the minor league Denver Bears, but returned to the majors in August, but appeared in just 12 games over the remainder of the season.

Tamargo spent the entire 1980 season with the Expos, the only full season he spent in the major leagues. Serving as backup to future Hall of Famer Gary Carter, he appeared in 37 games, batting .275. The following season he spent the entire season back with the Bears, his last season as a player.

Managerial and coaching career

Following his playing career, Tamargo has had a lengthy career as a minor league manager, starting in 1983 until 1996 in various capacities. In 1994, he managed the Binghamton Mets to the championship of the Eastern League.

In 2006 he managed the Durham Bulls, a farm team of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

On January 13, [2] He was named manager of the Class-A Clinton LumberKings of the Midwest League after the '09 season.[3] During the 2010 season, his son John Jr. served as hitting coach of the Lansing Lugnuts, which played in the same league. The two managed against each other in one game when John Jr. served as the Lugnuts acting manager.[4] His son was promoted to manager of the Lugnuts before the 2012 season.

Tamargo was named to his current position as Latin America Field Coordinator after the 2010 season.


  1. ^ Full Mariners staff from The Seattle Times
  2. ^  
  3. ^ "LumberKings announce 2010 field staff". Clinton LumberKings. December 11, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  4. ^ Lugnuts' acting manager faces dad in opposing dugout

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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