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Bosman, DeMerritt help fill out Rays staff

By MARC TOPKIN

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 5, 2001


ST. PETERSBURG -- The Devil Rays named the remainder of their minor-league coaching staff Thursday, and the biggest names were former major-league pitching coaches Dick Bosman and Marty DeMerritt.

Bosman, who spent nine years with the Orioles and Rangers until being dismissed in September, will be the pitching coach at Hudson Valley in the Class A New York-Penn League. DeMerritt, who was the Cubs' pitching coach in 1999 and has been in the game for 30 years, will join Bakersfield, Calif., the Rays' new advanced Class A affiliate.

David Howard rejoins the Rays after two years at Tampa Prep and will manage Hudson Valley. Ramon Ortiz returns as coach.

Charlie Montoyo moves up from Charleston to manage Bakersfield, with newcomer Jorge Robles a coach.

Mike Ramsey returns for a second season as manager at Double-A Orlando and again will be joined by coach Steve Livesey. Bryan Kelly moves up from St. Petersburg to be the pitching coach.

The Rays also finalized their staff of roving instructors. Chuck Hernandez will again be the minor-league pitching coordinator, and Steve Henderson will handle the hitters. Dwight Smith, previously a coach at Charleston, will be the outfield and baserunning coordinator.

Farm director Tom Foley, who is taking the title of field coordinator, will work with the infielders.

The Rays previously announced the staffs for their Triple-A Durham, Class A Charleston (S.C.), and rookie-level Princeton (W. Va.) teams.

Daulton charged with DUI

BROOKSVILLE -- Former major-league catcher Darren Daulton spent his 39th birthday in jail Wednesday on drunken driving charges after he slammed his BMW into a tree off Interstate 75.

Daulton, a former Philadelphia Phillies star who is a catching instructor for the Devil Rays, refused to take a breath test after state troopers found him on the side of the freeway, the Florida Highway Patrol said. His car sustained $20,000 worth of damage.

The patrol said Daulton was driving north alone about 10 p.m. when, about 2 miles south of the Hernando-Sumter county line, his 1995 BMW sedan ran into the median, slid sideways across the southbound lane and plowed into a tree.

After Daulton, who was wearing a seat belt, declined to go to a hospital, troopers took him to the Hernando County Jail, where he spent the night. He faces charges of DUI, driving with a suspended license and failing to appear in court on previous charges of driving with a suspended license. He was freed at 6 a.m. Thursday after posting $2,500 bail.

Records show this is Daulton's second DUI arrest in Florida. The first was in Pinellas County in November 1988. Daulton's license was suspended for one year in that case because he refused to take a breath test.

His license currently is suspended for not paying traffic fines. The three-time All-Star has received five speeding tickets since 1991, most recently in July 1998, when he was pulled over in Polk County for going 100 mph in a 65 mph zone.

Rays manager Larry Rothschild said he did not have enough details to comment. METS: Armando Benitez's girlfriend filed another complaint, accusing the reliever of punching and scratching her in October. Benitez denied the allegation. Stacey O'Neill also filed a complaint last month.

ANGELS: Free-agent right-hander Ismael Valdes, 27, agreed to a $2.5-million, one-year deal.

OBITUARY: Joe Andrews, who helped Hall of Famer Hank Aaron overcome racism early in his career, died at 68. Andrews and Aaron played with the Braves' Class A team in Jacksonville in 1953. Andrews ate with Aaron in the bus when Aaron wasn't allowed into restaurants and carried a Louisville Slugger to scare away attackers.

- Times writers Jamie Malernee and John Romano, researcher Caryn Baird and Times wires contributed to this report.

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