Iorg coaching first base for the Milwaukee Brewers
|Third baseman, coach|
October 12, 1954 |
|April 9, 1978, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 4, 1987, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|Runs batted in||238|
Garth Ray Iorg (// ORJ; born October 12, 1954) is an American former professional baseball player who played his entire career (1978, 1980–1987) for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also worked as the first base coach for the Milwaukee Brewers.
After attending College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California, Iorg was drafted in the 8th round (181st overall) in the 1973 Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Yankees. He was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays from the Yankees organization in the 1976 Major League Baseball expansion draft. He made his MLB debut on April 9, 1978.
Iorg was a utility player who spent most of his career as the right-handed half of a third-base platoon with Rance Mulliniks. During his major league career, he also appeared at 2B, 1B, SS, DH and OF. Although he was an emergency catcher, he never played this position at the major league level. After he retired, he played shortstop for the Bradenton Explorers in the Senior Professional Baseball Association.
Iorg was most recognizable for his strange batting stance, on the toes of his front foot and leaning back toward the catcher as the ball was being pitched. Usually a singles hitter, Iorg had the highest batting average (.313) and a .469 slugging percentage on the Blue Jays in their division-winning 1985 season.
In his final major league plate appearance, Iorg made Toronto's last out of the 1987 season when a win would have tied the Blue Jays with the Detroit Tigers for the American League East title. The Jays collapsed during the last week of the season, losing their last seven games. At the time of his retirement, Iorg was the Blue Jays's career leader in pinch hits.
Iorg served as the Milwaukee Brewers third base coach for the final 12 games of the 2008 season, after Dale Sveum became the interim manager. He stayed with the team until the 2014 season, when he was fired on October 10.
Garth Iorg is the brother of Dane Iorg, another former Major League Baseball player. They played against each other in the 1985 American League Championship Series. He is also the father of three sons who either play or have been drafted into professional baseball, including Cale Iorg, who represented Canada at the 2013 World Baseball Classic. His daughter played NCAA softball.
He is the founder of the Yard Baseball School in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is honored in his home town of Blue Lake, California, which named their only baseball field in his honor.
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