Rays give Rocco Baldelli new title of major-league field coordinator

Published November 17 2017
Updated November 17 2017

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays completed the new look of their coaching staff by giving Rocco Baldelli a newly created title — major-league field coordinator.

Baldelli, who had been first-base coach the past three years, now will implement ideas and information from the staff, assist manager Kevin Cash and bench coach Charlie Montoyo during games and continue coordinating the outfield defense. He also will be a liaison to the minor-league staffs.

"Rocco has been promoted to a position that will take full advantage of his personal strengths as well as the strengths of our staff as a whole," Cash said in a statement.

"This is a cohesive group that will feed off of one another and generate many thoughts focused on how we can get better. A significant part of Rocco’s job as major-league field coordinator will be making sure that we successfully implement these ideas. Overall, I couldn’t be more pleased with the way this staff has come together, and I’m excited to see it in action this spring."

The staff has three new members in Kyle Snyder (pitching), Matt Quatraro (third base) and Ozzie Timmons (first), and two in new roles, Baldelli and Montoyo.

Also, former bench coach Tom Foley was given the title of special assistant, baseball operations, and former assistant hitting/catching coach Jamie Nelson was named a coach at Double-A Montgomery.

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Information from Times wires was used in this report.