Monday, October 5, 2009

Rays Announce 2010 MLB Coaching Staff Changes

Tampa Bay RaysFrom the PR - The Tampa Bay Rays have announced the following with regard to Joe Maddon's 2010 major league coaching staff. Bench coach Dave Martinez, third base coach Tom Foley, first base coach George Hendrick, bullpen coach Bobby Ramos and pitching coach Jim Hickey will return. The contract of hitting coach Steve Henderson will not be renewed. The position of quality assurance coach, held by Todd Greene, will be discontinued.

Martinez, 45, just completed his second season as bench coach under Maddon, his first major league coaching experience. Martinez was Tampa Bay's Opening Day right fielder in 1998 and played three seasons with the Devil Rays.

Foley, 50, just completed his 14th season with the Rays organization, his eighth at his current post. In addition to his role as a major league coach, he has served as a minor league manager, field coordinator and director of minor league operations.

Hendrick, 59, will return for his fifth season as first base coach. He has also served on the major league coaching staffs of the Los Angeles Dodgers (2003), Anaheim Angels (1998-99) and St. Louis Cardinals (1996-97).

Ramos, 53, just finished his fourth season as Rays bullpen coach, his second tour with the organization. He also spent three seasons (1997-99) as a minor league manager. Prior to rejoining the Rays he spent six seasons with the Angels organization, including three (2000-02) on the major league coaching staff.

Hickey, 47, enters his fourth season as Rays pitching coach and is the longest-tenured pitching coach in club history. He joined the Rays in November 2006 after spending 16 seasons coaching in the Houston Astros organization.

Henderson has been with the Rays organization since 1996 including five seasons as the Rays major league batting coach and eight as Tampa Bay's minor league hitting coordinator. Greene was with the Rays for one season as quality assurance coach.

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