A native of Chicago, Jim enters his first season as the Cubs pitching coach ... spent the previous 11 seasons as pitching coach with Tampa Bay, eight seasons of which overlapped with Joe Maddon's tenure in Tampa Bay... A former minor league pitcher, Jim went 39-31 with a 3.54 ERA (228 ER/580.0 IP) in 204 minor league games across seven seasons... 2018 marks his 36th season in professional baseball and his 15th as a major league pitching coach ... also was Houston's pitching coach from the All-Star Break in 2004 through the 2006 campaign... Attended the University of Texas Pan-American, where he is now a member of the Athletics Hall of Fame ... was a first-team All-American selection in 1983 after going 16-2 with a 1.66 ERA ... led the Broncos to a school-record 64 wins and a berth in the NCAA tournament.
Jim is in his 15th season as a major league pitching coach, previously serving in the role with Houston (2004-06) and Tampa Bay (2007-17)... During his 11 seasons with Tampa Bay, the Rays ranked among the A.L. leaders in opponents average (1st, .247), WHIP (1st, 1.28), shutouts (t-1st, 127), ERA (2nd, 3.95) and strikeouts (2nd, 13,988). © Has contributed to six postseason appearances... Has coached 12 different All-Stars, including Chris Archer (2015, 17), David Price (2010-12, 14), Roy Oswalt (2005-06) and Roger Clemens (2005)... In each of his two full seasons with Houston (2005-06), his club finished second in the N.L. in ERA... Was named Houston's pitching coach at the All-Star Break in 2004 when Phil Garner was named interim manager ... was named full-time pitching coach following the season... Joined Houston following seven seasons as pitching coach with Triple-A New Orleans ... spent a total of 16 seasons in the Houston system.
Was a 13th-round selection of the White Sox in the 1983 Draft and played eight minor league seasons with the White Sox, Dodgers and Astros ... went a combined 39-31 with a 3.54 ERA (228 ER/580.0 IP) in 204 games pitched, including 40 starts... Posted his best season in 1984, going 13-5 with 20 saves and a 1.81 ERA with Midwest League Champion Appleton.