August 19, 1970 |
|June 30, 1998, for the New York Mets|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 9, 2003, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|Earned run average||3.91|
Early years and college career
Tam attended Eau Gallie High School in Melbourne, Florida where he played second base and was a teammate of Toronto Blue Jays draft pick Mark Fuller. In 1991, Tam led the Florida Space Coast Baseball League (Stan Musial Division) in hits and runs batted in while playing for the Melbourne Bombers. He then played college baseball for the Florida State University Seminoles under head coach Mike Martin, before being selected by the New York Mets in the 1993 MLB Draft.
In a six-year career, Tam posted a 7-14 record with a 3.91 ERA and seven saves in 251 relief appearances. His most productive season came in 2000, when he appeared in 72 games and had a career-best ERA of 2.63. This time he was the top set-up man on an Oakland A's team that advanced to the playoffs.
In 2012, Tam was hired by Eastern Florida State College as head coach of its baseball team and director of its new intramural athletics program. Previously, Tam worked as pitching coach and chief assistant coach under Ernie Rosseau in 2011 and served as interim head coach after Rosseau retirement.
- The replacements – Article by Tim Kurkjian. ESPN The Magazine. Retrieved on December 5, 2016.
- Jeff Tam New Baseball Coach and Intramural Director. Eastern Florida State College website. Retrieved on December 5, 2016.