Charles G. "Chuck" LaMar (born 1956) was the first general manager of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays franchise in American Major League Baseball, being hired July 19, 1995 — several months after the Tampa Bay franchise was awarded. It began play in the American League East Division in 1998.
Chuck grew up in Houston, Texas, where his father, Chuck, Sr., was a coach at Willow Creek Little League. He attended Madison High School where he was a three-sport captain. He played college baseball at Texas Christian University. After his senior year, LaMar taught and coached at St. Thomas Catholic High School in Houston. During this time, his high school-aged brother, Dan, was selected in the first round by the Cincinnati Reds.
Larry Smith, former head coach at Texas Wesleyan University, tabbed LaMar to be his assistant coach when Smith took the head coaching job at Indiana University in the Big Ten Conference. LaMar earned his masters degree in physical education from Indiana, then went on to become the head coach at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
From the Reds, LaMar became the director of minor league operations with the Pittsburgh Pirates, holding the position between 1989-1990. From 1990-1992, the Pirates won three National League East Division titles.
In 1991, LaMar moved to the Atlanta Braves and served as director of player development and scouting (through 1993), with the team winning its division in both seasons. He then served as assistant general manager and director of player personnel (1994-95), working with General manager John Schuerholz during one of the most successful periods in Braves' history, as the club won the 1995 World Series.
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
LaMar's tenure was characterized by moves such as trading Bobby Abreu and Dmitri Young while receiving Kevin Stocker and Mike Kelly in return. Those trades proved to be failures, as Abreu and Young went on to have successful careers. He was also responsible for signing Juan Guzmán, Wilson Alvarez, Wade Boggs, Roberto Hernández, and trading for Fred McGriff.
Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies
In October 2007, LaMar was appointed director of professional scouting by the Philadelphia Phillies, later promoted to assistant general manager of player development & scouting in November 2008. On September 6, 2011, Lamar resigned from the Phillies.
Toronto Blue Jays
LaMar has stated many times that his hero is Ted Williams.
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