Jesus Tiamo: Phillies Bullpen Catcher
Today here at TBOH we’re going to introduce fans to Philadelphia Phillies bullpen catcher Jesus Tiamo in the first of a 9-part series in which I’ll be taking a closer look at the men who make up the uniformed coaching staff of the team in the coming 2015 season.
Of all the uniformed members of the Phillies organization, Tiamo is one of the least well-known to fans, and certainly the least glorified and appreciated. He fulfills the nearly thankless, yet important role of bullpen catcher for the Phillies.
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Tiamo’s job with the Fightins is to warm-up the relief pitchers, and to serve as an extra set of eyes to bullpen coach Rod Nichols. Like most ball clubs, the Phillies usually only carry two catchers on the roster.
Tiamo’s presence out in the bullpen allows manager Ryne Sandberg the liberty of having his backup rostered catcher free on the bench while not having to worry that someone inexperienced is behind the plate when, for instance, flame-thrower Ken Giles is called on to warm up.
Tiamo came to the Phillies organization in 2008 as a coach in the Venezuelan Summer League. The following year, he was promoted to his current position of bullpen catcher. The upcoming 2015 is set to be his seventh season on the job. Previously, Tiamo held small minor league coaching roles with the White Sox and Mets, dating back to 1995.
Tiamo played in the Pirates minor league system for three years (1980-81, 1983.) Over those three seasons, Tiamo hit .268 with 137 RBI and 8 homeruns for the GCL and Greenwood Pirates. He also spent 1980-1987 playing winter ball for the Magallanes in the Venezuelan League.