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The Rays' coaching staff
By Times Staff Writer
Published April 2, 2006
BORN/LIVES: Davenport, Iowa/Chandler, Ariz.
FAMILY: Wife Tami, children Madison, Tatum, Brooks.
PLAYING CAREER: Played 14 seasons, four in the majors (Angels, 1992-95). ... 11-4 with 4.47 ERA and nine saves in 115 major-league appearances, all in relief. COACHING CAREER: This is his first major-league coaching position. ... Spent past six seasons as pitching coach in the Angels' minor-league system.
BORN/LIVES: New York City/New Port Richey.
FAMILY: Wife Patricia, children Kelly, William.
PLAYING CAREER: Caught and played first base in the Cubs minor-league system from 1976-79. ... Had a .250 career average with 11 HRs in 274 games.
COACHING CAREER: Moves to the major leagues after 30 years in professional baseball, 19 as a manager (the past 10 in the Rays system). ... Managed Triple-A Durham the past eight seasons, qualifying for the postseason six times. ... Led Durham to back-to-back Governor's Cup championships in '02 and '03.
BORN/LIVES: Columbus, Ga./Palm Harbor.
FAMILY: Wife Marta, children Bryan, Brett, Brooke.
PLAYING CAREER: Spent 13 seasons in the majors (1983-95), primarily as a shortstop, with Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Montreal and Pittsburgh. ... Played all four infield positions. COACHING CAREER: Returns for his fifth season as Rays third-base coach. ... One of only two coaches (with Don Zimmer) to return from last season.
FAMILY: Wife Pam.
PLAYING CAREER: Played with five major-league teams during 12-year career (Mets, Cubs, Mariners, A's and Astros). ... Batted .290 or better six times. COACHING CAREER: Was Rays hitting coach during their inaugural 1998 season. ... Spent eight of the past nine seasons as the Rays minor-league hitting coach. ... Served a major-league coach for the Astros from 1994-96.
BORN/LIVES: Los Angeles/Las Vegas.
FAMILY: Single, children Brian, Damon.
PLAYING CAREER: Played 18 major-league seasons (1971-1988) with Oakland, Cleveland, San Diego, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and California. ... A four-time All-Star ('74, '75, '80 and '83) and earned World Series rings with Oakland ('72) and St. Louis ('82). COACHING CAREER: Was Dodgers Triple-A hitting coach in Las Vegas in 2003 and '04 and spent last season as the Dodgers' minor-league hitting coordinator. ... Held minor-league positions with the Padres, Angels and Cardinals.
BORN/LIVES: Calabazar de Sagua, Cuba/Miami.
FAMILY: Wife Maria, children Elyane, Jason, Emily.
PLAYING CAREER: Played parts of five seasons with Montreal (1978, '80-'81, '83-'84), primarily as backup to catcher Gary Carter, and played four games for the Yankees in 1982. COACHING CAREER: Was minor-league manager of the Gulf Coast League Rays ('97 and '98) and rookie league Princeton ('99). ... Spent the past six seasons in the Angels organization, the past three as the roving catching instructor.
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BORN/LIVES: Cincinnati/Treasure Island.
FAMILY: Wife Soot, children Thomas, Donna, four grandchildren.
PLAYING CAREER: Played 12 seasons (1954-65) as an infielder with the Dodgers, Cubs, Mets, Reds and Senators. ... Played the '66 season in Japan. ... Career stats: .235, 91 HRs, 352 RBIs.
COACHING CAREER: Wears No. 58 for his 58 years in baseball. ... Has been a major-league coach or manager for the past 35 years. ... Before joining the Rays, spent eight years as bench coach for the Yankees. ... Was 885-858 as manager of the Padres, Red Sox, Rangers and Cubs. ... Was named NL Manager of the Year in 1989 after leading the Cubs to the NL East title. ... Owns six World Series rings, four with the Yankees, two with the Dodgers.