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Rays coaches

By MARC TOPKIN, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 31, 2002

HAL McRAE
MANAGER
AGE: 56
BORN: Avon Park.
LIVES: Bradenton.
FAMILY: Wife, Johncyna; children, Brian, Cullen, Leah.
PLAYING CAREER: Sixth-round pick in inaugural 1965 draft out of Florida A&M. ... Played 19 seasons with Reds and Royals, earning reputation as one of game's top DHs. ... Hit better than .300 in six full seasons, including career-high .332 in 1976, one point shy of AL batting title. ... Played in three All-Star games and four World Series. ... Named to Royals Hall of Fame in 1989. ... Finished fourth in AL MVP voting in 1976 and 1985.
MANAGING/COACHING CAREER: Joined Rays in 2001 as bench coach and replaced Larry Rothschild as manager on April 18, posting 58-90 record. ... Managed Royals for most of four seasons (1991-94), compiling 286-277 record. ... Overall is 344-367. ... Was hitting coach for Expos (1990), Reds (1995-96) and Phillies (1997-00).

JACKIE BROWN, No. 50
PITCHING COACH
AGE: 58
BORN/LIVES: Holdenville, Okla.
FAMILY: Wife, Jan; children, Brandon, Tamn, Jade.
PLAYING CAREER: Spent parts of seven seasons in the majors, pitching in Washington (for Ted Williams), Texas (for Billy Martin), Cleveland and Montreal. ... Went 13-12 in 1974 as Rangers' No. 3 starter behind Ferguson Jenkins and Jim Bibby. ... Had career record of 47-53 with 4.18 ERA.
COACHING CAREER: First season with Rays. ... Pitching coach for Rangers in 1979-82 and White Sox 1992-95. Sox twice led AL in ERA during his tenure. ... Had been out of baseball since serving as Rays' minor-league pitching coordinator 1996-97. ... Was Pirates' Triple-A pitching coach 1986-91, working with McRae.

GLENN EZELL, No. 55
BULLPEN COACH
AGE: 57
BORN: Kentwood, La.
LIVES: Leawood, Kan.
FAMILY: Wife, Roberta; child, Lauren.
PLAYING CAREER: Spent 10 seasons as a catcher in the minors, mostly in a backup role. ... Had .268 career average.
COACHING CAREER: Joined Rays in August 2001. ... Had worked as a coach for McRae in Kansas City. ... Has also been bullpen coach for Texas (1983-85) and bench/bullpen coach for Detroit (1996). ... Was Tigers' minor-league catching instructor from 1997-2001. ... Managed 10 seasons in minors, including 1988 at Triple-A Omaha.

TOM FOLEY, No. 15
THIRD-BASE COACH
AGE: 42
BORN: Columbus, Ga.
LIVES: Palm Harbor.
FAMILY: Wife, Marta; children, Bryan, Brett, Brooke.
PLAYING CAREER: Spent 13 seasons in the major leagues, playing for Reds, Phillies, Expos and Pirates mostly as a utility infielder. ... Had .244 career average and as many home runs (32) as stolen bases (32). ... Played all four infield positions, pitched once. ... Was right-handed shortstop and left-handed quarterback at Miami's Palmetto High.
COACHING/MANAGING/FRONT OFFICE CAREER: First major-league coaching assignment. ... Served as Rays' minor-league field coordinator in 1996 and managed inaugural rookie league team, Butte (Mont.) Copper Kings, to Pioneer League playoffs. ... Was director of minor-league operations 1997-2000, then returned to field coordinator duties. ... Managed in 2001 Arizona Fall League.

BILLY HATCHER, No. 22
BENCH COACH
AGE: 41
BORN: Williams, Ariz.
LIVES: St. Petersburg.
FAMILY: Wife, Karen; children, Derek, Chelsea.
PLAYING CAREER: Played for seven teams in 12-year big-league career, retiring in 1995. ... Member of Reds' 1990 World Series championship team. ... Set Series records in 1990 with seven consecutive hits and .750 average. ... Had .404 overall postseason average. ... Hit 14th-inning homer off Jesse Orosco in 16-inning Astros-Mets 1986 NL playoff classic.
COACHING CAREER: Joined Rays as roving minor-league instructor in 1996 and coached with Class-A St. Petersburg in 1997. ... Joined major-league staff as first-base coach in 1998, moved to third base in 2000, and bench coach in April 2001.

LEE MAY, No. 47
FIRST-BASE COACH
AGE: 59
BORN: Birmingham, Ala.
LIVES: Cincinnati.
FAMILY: Wife, Terrye; children, Yelandra, Lisa, Lee Jr.
PLAYING CAREER: Was three-time NL All-Star during 18-season career that included time with Reds, Astros, Orioles, Royals. ... Was NL Rookie of the Year in 1967; brother Carlos was AL Rookie of the Year in 1969. ... Had 11 consecutive seasons of 20 or more homers. ... Is one of 20 major-leaguers to drive in 100-plus runs with three teams. ... Is 58th on all-time list with 354 homers.
COACHING CAREER: Joined Rays in April 2001. ... Was member of McRae's staff in Kansas City as bench coach in 1992 and first-base coach in 1993-94. ... Worked previously as hitting coach for Royals (1984-86), Reds (1988-89), and Orioles (1995).

MILT MAY, No. 35
HITTING COACH
AGE: 51
BORN: Gary, Ind.
LIVES: Bradenton.
FAMILY: Wife, Brenda; children, Scott, Merily.
PLAYING CAREER: Spent 15 seasons as a catcher in the major leagues, playing for Pirates, Astros, Tigers, White Sox and Giants. ... Played in 1971 World Series for Pittsburgh. ... Had .263 career average with 77 home runs. ... Drove in the millionth run in MLB history on May 4, 1975, with three-run homer. ... Was a shortstop at St. Petersburg High School.
COACHING CAREER: First season with Rays. ... Was major-league hitting coach for 10 seasons in Pittsburgh (1987-96) and two with Florida (1997-98). ... Was Colorado pitching coach in 1999. ... Scouted for Colorado in 2000, then spent 2001 season as Pirates minor-league hitting coordinator.



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