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