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Rays look to past in hiring new 3B coach Matt Quatraro, shift Rocco Baldelli off 1B

Matt Quatraro

Times files (2003)

Matt Quatraro



The Rays turned to the past in hiring their new third-base coach, naming former minor-league player, coach and manager Matt Quatraro to the staff.

The Rays also announced plans to shift Rocco Baldelli from his first-base coaching job to the dugout, with plans to hire a first base coach who will serve as the assistant hitting coach.

Quatraro (kwuh-TRAH-roe), 43, has spent the last four years as the assistant hitting coach with the Indians, where Rays manager Kevin Cash was on staff in 2013-14.

Before that Quatraro had spent his full career with the Tampa Bay organization, an eighth-round pick in the the 1996 draft who played seven seasons in the minors, reaching Triple-A Durham in 2002, then starting coaching in 2004

. He has managed - and thus coached third - for four minor-league seasons, going  196-228 (.462) with Class-A Bowling Green (2009), Class-A Columbus (2008) and Short-A Hudson Valley (2006-07).

Baldelli will continue to work with the outfielders and on defense alignments during the game, and also serve as a liasion with the front office and minor-league staffs.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 12:16pm]


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