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Major league baseball preview: Tampa Bay Rays coaching staff

Joe Maddon • 70 Manager

Age: 55Born/lives: Hazleton, Pa./Brea, Calif.

Playing career: Played three seasons as Class A catcher.

Coaching career: Spent 31 years in the Angels organization, was bench coach for most of the previous 10 before coming to Tampa Bay for 2006 season.

Managing career: Won 2008 AL manager of the year award. Fourth season with Rays, 224-262.

Tom Foley • 6 Third-base

Age: 49Born/lives: Columbus, Ga./Palm Harbor

Playing career: Spent 13 years in the majors, primarily as a SS.

Coaching career: 14th season with Rays, eighth as third-base coach. Has served as major-league coach, minor-league manager, field coordinator and director of minor-league operations.

Todd Greene • 24 Quality assurance

Age: 37Born/lives: Augusta, Ga./Alpharetta, Ga.

Playing career: Played 11 seasons primarily as catcher, was with Angels (when Maddon was a coach), Jays, Yankees, Rangers, Rockies, Giants.

Coaching career: First season, was scout for Padres in 2008.

Steve Henderson • 55 Hitting

Age: 56Born/lives: Houston/Tampa

Playing career: Played 12 seasons in majors, batting .290 or better six times.

Coaching career: Fourth consecutive season as hitting coach, fifth overall ('98); 13th in organization, previously as minor-league hitting coordinator.

George Hendrick • 25 First-base

Age: 59Born/lives: Los Angeles/Las Vegas

Playing career: Four-time All-Star, 18 seasons in the majors.

Coaching career: Fourth year as first-base coach. Dodgers minor-league hitting coordinator for a season, Triple-A hitting coach for two. Angels first-base coach in '98-99 alongside Maddon.

Jim Hickey • 48 Pitching

Age: 47Born/lives: Chicago/St. Cloud

Playing career: Eight seasons in minors; 36-30, 4.26

Coaching career: Third season with Rays; 16 years in Astros organization, including 2½ as major-league pitching coach, seven at Triple-A New Orleans.

Dave Martinez • 4 Bench

Age: 44Born/lives: Brooklyn, N.Y./Safety Harbor

Playing career: Spent 17 seasons as big-league outfielder, including 1998-2000 with Rays.

Coaching career: Second season as full-time coach, did spring training work previous two years.

Bobby Ramos • 7 Bullpen

Age: 53Born/lives: Calabazar de Sagua, Cuba/Miami

Playing career: Parts of five seasons in majors as catcher.

Coaching career: Rejoined Rays in 2006 after six as Angels roving catching instructor. Managed GCL Rays in '97-98, Princeton Rays in 1999. Bullpen coach for Angels from 2000-02.

OTHER KEY STAFFERS: Brian Anderson, assistant to the pitching coach; Scott Cursi, bullpen catcher; Chris Fernandez, video coordinator; Fred McGriff, special adviser; Chris Westmoreland, equipment/home clubhouse manager; Don Zimmer, senior baseball adviser

TRAINING STAFF: Kevin Barr, strength and conditioning coordinator; Paul Harker, assistant trainer; Nick Paparesta, assistant trainer; Ron Porterfield, head athletic trainer.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

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