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Coaches to find out fate in offseason

By MARC TOPKIN and EDUARDO A. ENCINA
Published September 9, 2007


ST. PETERSBURG - Executive VP Andrew Friedman and manager Joe Maddon will wait until after the season to decide whether to make any changes to the coaching staff.

All six coaches have contracts that expire at the end of the season, and even if all are brought back, their responsibilities and titles could change.

"It will be a collective decision," Friedman said. "One thing I can say is that I feel very strongly our coaches have done a tremendous job this year. What we're going to do is sit down and look at the positions as a whole and not necessarily the people that fill them, and look at kind of the optimal structure for a coaching staff to see what, if any, changes we feel are necessary."

Principal owner Stuart Sternberg took a similar approach to structuring the front office when he took over in October 2005, eliminating the title of general manager.

Of the six coaches, bullpen coach Bobby Ramos and first-base coach George Hendrick worked with Maddon in Anaheim; bench coach Bill Evers, third-base coach Tom Foley and hitting coach Steve Henderson have been longtime Rays employees; and pitching coach Jim Hickey was hired this season after being dismissed by Houston.

FOR HIS NEXT ACT: Friedman was either being overly optimistic or remarkably prescient when he popped into the trainer's room before the game.

B.J. Upton was icing and receiving electric stim treatment on a left ankle so sore it forced him out of the lineup, but Friedman told him he'd see him after his pinch-hit walkoff home run, which, of course, is exactly how the game ended.

"Yeah," Upton said, "it's kind of ironic that it actually happened."

GLAUS SPEAKS: Blue Jays 3B Troy Glaus finally addressed the SI.com report that alleges he received multiple shipments of performance-enhancing drugs from December 2003 to May 2004, but didn't say much.

"I respect the fact you guys have a job to do," Glaus told reporters outside the visitors clubhouse, appearing visibly shaken. "I respect you certainly have some questions. I am not going to comment on the story. I hope that you respect that."

NOT-SO-MINOR MATTERS: Double-A Montgomery took a 2-1 series lead over Mississippi in the Southern League best-of-five semifinals with a 6-5, 11-inning win on Josh Arhart's pinch-hit RBI single. ... Triple-A Durham faces Richmond (Braves) in the International League championship starting Tuesday. ... Class A Columbus opens the South Atlantic League championship Tuesday against West Virginia (Brewers). ... Montgomery LHP Jake McGee was named the organization's top August pitcher, going 3-1 with a 2.95 ERA. ... Columbus OF Ryan Royster was named the top player, hitting .365 with 14 home runs and 32 RBIs.

MISCELLANY: Jonny Gomes' first-inning throw gave the Rays their major-league-most 38th outfield assist. ... The Rays' 22 homers off the Jays and Yanks are their most against any team. ... About 2,000 fans came out to Akinori Iwamura's appearance at the Dunkin' Donuts in South Pasadena. ... The Rays are 41-40 against Toronto at the Trop.