Foley named bench coach as Rays announce staff

Montoyo takes over at third, with Baldelli at first; Hickey, Shelton, Boroski and Nelson return

Foley named bench coach as Rays announce staff

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays announced their coaching staff for the 2015 season on Friday.

Tom Foley will move over from third-base coach to become new manager Kevin Cash's bench coach. Triple-A Durham manager Charlie Montoyo will become the third-base coach, and former Rays outfielder Rocco Baldelli will take over at first base.

Former first-base coach George Hendrick has accepted a position as special advisor to baseball operations. The rest of the coaching staff will remain intact.

Jim Hickey returns for a ninth season as the pitching coach, Derek Shelton enters his sixth year as the hitting coach, Stan Boroski returns for a fourth season as bullpen coach and Jamie Nelson enters his third season as Major League coach.

"I feel very fortunate to have inherited a staff that is both respected throughout baseball and knowledgeable of our players and the culture," Cash said. "I am thrilled to have Tom as our bench coach. I have great respect for the role he has played in the organization from its inception and will lean on him for his experience and judgment.

"In adding Charlie and Rocco, we have two men who combined have more than 30 years invested in this organization at many different levels and have great familiarity with our players. Both have meant a great deal to the Rays, and I am grateful they will be joining Jim, Derek, Jamie and Stan for what I feel is a great team."

Foley, 55, becomes the eighth bench coach in team history. He is the longest-tenured coach in club history, entering his 14th season on the staff, 20th in the organization and 39th in professional baseball. Only one active third-base coach had held the post longer than Foley: Jose Oquendo for the Cardinals (14 seasons). Only three uniformed personnel have been in the organization as long: Bill Evers, Montoyo and hitting coordinator Steve Livesey.

Since his hiring as third-base coach on Oct. 25, 2001, Foley served under managers Hal McRae, Lou Piniella and Joe Maddon. Before joining the Rays' coaching staff, Foley served two years as director of Minor League operations and four years as field coordinator. He also managed the Rays' Rookie-level affiliate Butte in the Pioneer League in 1996, and the Maryvale Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League in 2001.

A former Major League infielder, Foley spent 13 seasons with the Reds, Phillies, Expos and Pirates.

Baldelli, 33, becomes the youngest member of the Major League coaching staff in Rays history. He is the sixth first-base coach in franchise history. He spent the last four seasons as a special assistant, baseball operations -- a position he accepted in January 2011 upon retiring from an 11-year professional career

Tampa Bay drafted Baldelli with the sixth overall selection in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft. He reached the Major Leagues in 2003 and finished third in the American League Rookie of the Year balloting.

In his first two seasons, he batted .285 with 27 home runs and 44 stolen bases. He missed the entire 2005 season due to knee and elbow surgeries, and was hampered by injuries for the remainder of his career. Baldelli went on to play parts of seven years in the Majors with the Rays and Red Sox. He played his final game in Game 1 of the 2010 American League Division Series vs. the Rangers.

Montoyo, 50, enters his 19th season in the Rays' organization and his first on the Major League coaching staff. He becomes the fifth third-base coach in club history. In eight years as manager of Durham, he guided the Bulls to seven South Division titles, a league-record six trips to the International League finals and two Governors' Cups.

Montoyo compiled a 633-515 (.551) record with Durham, and on July 21 broke its franchise record for managerial wins, passing Evers (613).

Before joining Durham, Montoyo managed numerous Rays affiliates from 1997-2006, and was named the Rays' inaugural Player Development Man of the Year in 2006 after leading Double-A Montgomery to the Southern League title. He played 10 years as an infielder in the Brewers, Expos and Phillies organizations. He spent 27 days in the Majors with Montreal in 1993.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.