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Rays managerial staff

LOU PINIELLA, 14

By Times Staff
Published April 3, 2005


Manager

AGE: 61

BORN/LIVES: Tampa

FAMILY: Wife, Anita; children, Lou Jr., Kristi, Derek.

PLAYING CAREER: Starred in baseball and basketball at Jesuit High. ... Earned All-America honors at the University of Tampa. ... Spent parts of 18 seasons in the majors, including 11 as an outfielder for the Yankees. ... Won AL Rookie of the Year award in 1969 for Kansas City. ... Helped lead Yankees to consecutive World Series titles in 1977-78. ... Finished in the top 10 in batting four times. ... Has a career .300 postseason average.

COACHING/MANAGING CAREER: Third season with Rays, 18th as major-league manager. ... His 2004 season was only his sixth losing record. ... Has career 1,452-1,325 record and ranks 20th all-time in wins. ... Served as Yankees player/coach from 1981-84 then joined staff full time. ... Took over as manager of Yankees in 1986, moved to general manager in October 1987, went back to the dugout in June 1988 to replace fired Billy Martin. ... Managed Reds to wire-to-wire championship in 1990. ... Moved to Mariners in 1993 and improved team by 18 games, leading to second winning season in franchise history then to first playoff berth in 1995. ... Won AL-record 116 games in 2001 with Seattle.

Wins Losses Pct.

2004 70 91 .435

Totals 1,451 1,325 .523

LEE ELIA, 4

Hitting coach

AGE: 67

BORN/LIVES: Philadelphia/ Odessa.

FAMILY: Wife, Priscilla; children, Tana, Ashley Ann.

PLAYING CAREER: Spent most of 12 seasons as an infielder in the minors, playing 80 games for the White Sox in 1966 and 15 for the Cubs in 1968. ... Had .203 major-league average.

COACHING CAREER: Third season with Rays, 22nd as major-league coach or manager. ... Spent seven years on Lou Piniella's staff in Seattle. ... Managed Cubs (1982-83) and Phillies (1987-88); also nine seasons in minors. ... Also has been a coach for Yankees, Blue Jays and Phillies.

TOM FOLEY, 6

Third-base coach

AGE: 45

BORN/LIVES: Columbus, Ga./Palm Harbor.

FAMILY: Wife, Marta; children, Bryan, Brett, Brooke.

PLAYING CAREER: Spent 13 seasons in majors with Reds, Phillies, Expos, Pirates, mostly as utility infielder. ... Had .244 career average. ... Played shortstop right-handed and quarterback left-handed at Miami's Palmetto High.

COACHING CAREER: Fourth season on Rays staff, 10th in organization. ... Has been minor-league field coordinator, manager of Butte (Mont.) rookie-league and Arizona Fall League teams and director of minor-league operations.

BILLY HATCHER, 20

First-base coach

AGE: 44.

BORN/LIVES: Williams, Ariz./St. Petersburg.

FAMILY: Wife, Karen; children, Derek, Chelsea.

PLAYING CAREER: Spent 12 seasons in majors, including Lou Piniella's 1990 championship Reds team, for which he hit .750 in the World Series. ... Also played for Cubs, Astros, Pirates, Red Sox, Phillies and Rangers. ... Had .264 average.

COACHING CAREER: Eighth season on Rays staff, 10th in organization. ... Also has been third-base and bench coach and minor-league coach. ... Only staff member who has seen every game in Rays history.

CHUCK HERNANDEZ, 55

Pitching coach

AGE: 44.

BORN/LIVES: Tampa.

FAMILY: Wife, Donna; children, CJ, Cody.

PLAYING CAREER: Star pitcher at Tampa Catholic High. ... Pitched five seasons in Yankees and White Sox minor-league systems. ... Career ended when he broke his left arm pitching in 1983 instructional league game. ... Had 27-33 record and 4.27 ERA.

COACHING CAREER: Second season on Rays staff, ninth in organization. ... Worked his way through Angels minor-league system and spent four-plus seasons (1992-96) as big-league pitching coach. ... Joined Rays in October 1996 as minor-league pitching coach and was coordinator for six years.

JOHN McLAREN, 7

Bench coach

AGE: 53.

BORN/LIVES: Galveston, Texas/Phoenix.

FAMILY: Wife, Maria.

PLAYING CAREER: Spent seven seasons as minor-league catcher, getting as high as Triple A. ... Had .253 career average. ... Homered in first pro game.

COACHING CAREER: Third season with Rays, 20th as major-league coach. ... Spent 11 seasons on Lou Piniella's staffs in Cincinnati and Seattle, serving also as bullpen, dugout and third-base coach. ... Coached previously for Toronto and Boston. ... Managed eight seasons in minors and nine in winter ball.

MATT SINATRO, 22

Bullpen coach

AGE: 45.

BORN/LIVES: West Hartford, Conn./Issaquah, Wash.

FAMILY: Wife, Liz; children, Jimmy, Matthew, Danny.

PLAYING CAREER: Spent parts of 10 seasons in major leagues, playing in 140 games for Braves, A's, Tigers and Mariners during 15-year career as catcher. ... Had career .190 average.

COACHING CAREER: Third season with Rays, 11th as major-league coach. ... Spent eight seasons as bullpen coach for Mariners, working with catchers and breaking down video. ... Worked previously as advance scout for Mariners.

DON ZIMMER, 57

Senior adviser

AGE: 74

BORN/LIVES: Cincinnati/Treasure Island.

FAMILY: Wife, Soot; children, Tom, Donna.

PLAYING CAREER: Spent 12 seasons as a major-league infielder, playing for the Dodgers (winning two World Series rings), Cubs, Mets, Reds and Senators. ... Made 1961 NL All-Star team. ... Was first player to model Mets uniform in 1962. ... Had .235 career average.

COACHING CAREER: Second season with Rays, 35th as major-league coach or manager. ... Wears No. 57 for his 57 years in baseball. ... Spent eight seasons as Yankees bench coach. ... Managed Padres, Red Sox, Rangers and Cubs to 885-858 record; also managed Yankees to 21-15 mark filling in for Joe Torre in 1999. ... Also coached for Expos, Giants, and Rockies.

Compiled by Marc Topkin#