Jamie was born in Oklahoma, but the family moved to California when he was 4 months old. In a 1990 article, Sports Illustrated likened him to Bull Durham's Crash Davis. Hosted a sports talk show in Mobile, Ala., in 1994-95 and another in Tri-City, Wash., in 1997-98. He and his wife, Lee Ann, live in Treasure Island, Fla. …Lee Ann is a survivor of multiple heart attacks and the Nelsons are active supporters of the American Heart Association.
Named a major league coach on Dec 4, 2012…assists Rays hitting coach Chad Mottola and works with the catchers. Prior to joining the major league club, spent five seasons as the Rays minor league catching coordinator…his coaching career at the professional level began in the Rays organization in 2000…served as a hitting coach for Rookie-level Princeton for one season and then held the same post at Class-A Charleston in 2001 and 2002…managed Princeton for five seasons (2003-07). Spent six years coaching at the college level: Orange Coast Junior College (1991-92), UCLA (1993), California Baptist (1994) and Cal State-Northridge (1998-99)…also managed independent league ball from 1994-97, including one season as a player-manager with the Mobile Bay Sharks of the Texas-Louisiana League.