Rays hire Martinez
The Rays made it official Thursday, hiring former OF Dave Martinez as their new bench coach.
They also announced that Don Zimmer, a senior advisor, will return for his 60th season in pro baseball.
Martinez, 43, was an original Devil Ray, starting in rightfield for the March 31, 1998, inaugural game, logging the franchise's first hit. He retired in 2001 after a 16-season big-league career and spent the last two springs working as an instructor with the Rays.
Four other returning coaches got two-year deals - Tom Foley (3B), Steve Henderson (hitting), George Hendrick (1B) and Bobby Ramos (bullpen).
There is still no word on the fate of pitching coach Jim Hickey, who was arrested on DUI and other charges after returning from the Sept. 30 season finale.