Cash, Rays Filling Out Coaching Staff
Quatraro, 43, becomes the sixth third base coach in franchise history, following Greg Riddoch (1998-99), Billy Hatcher (2000-01), Terry Collins (2001), Tom Foley (2002-14) and Charlie Montoyo (2015-17). Montoyo was recently named the Rays bench coach.
Quatraro spent the past four seasons (2014-17) with the Cleveland Indians as their major league assistant hitting coach. Prior to joining the Indians, Quatraro spent his entire baseball career with the Rays organization, most recently as minor league hitting coordinator from 2010-13.
In addition, he spent four seasons as a minor league manager, going 196-228 (.462) with Class-A Bowling Green (2009), Class-A Columbus (2008) and Short-A Hudson Valley (2006-07). His coaching career began midway through the 2004 season, as a catching instructor and coach with Hudson Valley.
“Q brings tremendous knowledge in many areas and has been a big part of some very good teams,” said Cash in a press release. “He’s creative, a good communicator, and earns the respect and trust of his players. We’re excited to bring him back to the Rays.”
Cradle Of Coaches:
Tampa Bay selected Quatraro in the eighth round of the 1996 draft. Current Durham Bulls Manager Jared Sandberg was selected the same year in the 16th round. Newly promoted pitching coach Kyle Snyder was selected in the 27th round that season. It should be noted that they also selected former Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway in the 7th round of that draft.
Rays Coaching Changes:
Jim Hickey has left the organization. Tom Foley and Jamie Nelson have been reassigned in the organization. Charlie Montoyo has moved from third base to the dugout. Kyle Snyder is the new pitching coach. Matt Quatraro takes over as the third base coach. All that remains is naming a replacement for Nelson.