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Rays bring back all but one coach for 2012

Rays bring back all but one coach for 2012

Rays bring back all but one coach for 2012
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays announced their 2012 coaching staff and three promotions in the baseball operations department on Wednesday.

All of the Rays coaches from last season, except for bullpen coach Bobby Ramos, will return next year. Stan Boroski, who joined the team prior to the 2010 season, will assume Ramos' duties.

Each of Tampa Bay's coaches will return with a two-year contract, which means they are wrapped up for a longer period than manager Joe Maddon, who is signed through 2012. While that fact is unusual, it doesn't appear to be an issue since the Rays and Maddon have both expressed their intentions to work out an extension.

Third-base coach Tom Foley, 52, is the longest-tenured coach, with 10 seasons under his belt. The other coaches include bench coach Dave Martinez, 47 (four seasons), pitching coach Jim Hickey, 50 (five seasons), hitting coach Derek Shelton, 41 (two seasons), first-base coach George Hendrick, 61 (six seasons), and senior advisor Don Zimmer, 81 (eight seasons).

Boroski, 48, initially came on board to assist Hickey. Boroski's duties included working with the pitching staff along with doing some of the computer work. When illness forced Ramos to leave the team in August, Boroski assumed his bullpen duties. Unless the Rays hire someone else, Boroski will continue to perform double duty.

Ramos, who has been with the team since 2006 and was a fan favorite for his outgoing manner in the bullpen, did not have his contract renewed.

The Rays promoted Chaim Bloom and Erik Neander to director baseball operations, and James Click to director baseball research and development.

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

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