The Rays’ Coaching Staff is Full of Former Bulls

Last week the Tampa Bay Rays rounded out their coaching staff when they promoted Ozzie Timmons to be their first base coach, after Timmons had spent the last two seasons as Durham’s hitting coach. With the move, it now means that six of the seven members of the Rays’ coaching staff have at one point or another been a member of the Durham Bulls.

The Timmons move completed a busy month for the Rays, who overhauled their staff. In early October, Kyle Snyder was promoted from Bulls pitching coach to Rays pitching coach, and on the same day former Durham skipper Charlie Montoyo was promoted from Tampa Bay’s third base coach to bench coach.

The Rays also hired Matt Quatraro as their new third base coach, who played in 35 games for the Bulls way back in 2002.

Manager Kevin Cash and Hitting Coach Chad Mottola will each return in 2018 in the same roles, after Cash played in over 100 games for Durham between 2005 and 2006, while Mottola spent part of the 2003 season in the Bull City.

The only member of Tampa Bay’s coaching staff who never suited up for the Bulls is Bullpen Coach Stan Boroski.