The Tampa Bay Rays announced today that Jim Hoff will return to his post as Minor League Field Coordinator for an eighth straight season. Joining Hoff's staff will be Rehabilitation and Athletic Training Coordinator Joel Smith, who has served the last five years as a trainer in the Rays organization and spent 2008 with Montgomery (AA).
Hitting Coordinator Steve Livesey returns to Hoff's staff for a fourth year, Pitching Coordinator Dick Bosman and Outfield/Baserunning Coordinator Skeeter Barnes each return for a third season, and Catching Coordinator Jamie Nelson will return for a second year. Medical Training Coordinator Mark Vinson returns to his post for a second season and his fourth with the Rays. Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Trung Cao is entering his fourth season in his role. Tim McKechney will serve as Minor League Equipment Manager for a seventh year, and Shane Rossetti returns for his second season as Assistant Equipment Manager.