Tom Foley leaving as Rays bench coach, will take new role with team
Tom Foley is leaving his post as Rays bench coach.
Foley will take another position in the organization in what was described as a mutual decision between Foley, manager Kevin Cash and team officials.
"They were looking to make a change and I wanted to make a change and pretty much contemplated a lot of things this year as the year was going on,'' Foley told the Tampa Bay Times today. "It's worked out great for both sides, I think. And I'll start a new chapter in the Rays organization again.''
Foley, 58, has been a member of the Rays coaching staff since 2002, working 13 years at third base and the last three on the bench assisting Cash, making him one of the longest tenured coaches in the majors.
Foley said the travel was "wearing" on him and he looked forward to spending more time around his Palm Harbor home while still working in the game.
He has been with the Rays since pretty much formation of the franchise, hired in 1996 as field coordinator in advance of the first June draft. Foley did that job through 1999, spent two years as director of minor-league operations and then joined the coaching staff under Hal McRae for the 2002 season.
Details of Foley's new position are still being worked out. He is expected to have an active role with the major-league team during spring training and the regular season, and also may perform special assignment duties on the minor-league side.
"I'm sure I'm going to miss it, but I'm looking forward to doing different things now,'' Foley said.
It's not clear yet whether the Rays will seek to replace Foley internally or externally, or what other changes might be made to Cash's staff. Team officials declined comment, likely until they announce the moves.