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APPOINTED:
• Named as Quality Control Coach on December 12, 2016.


PERSONAL:
• Serves as a spokesman for Speed Hitter, recognized nationally as one of the top batting aids for players of all ages.
• His father, Ron, was a lefty who pitched two seasons (1966-67) at Bluefield (Orioles) in the Appalachian League.
• Graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in criminal justice…Caught four seasons for the Salukis, 1989-92 as a junior, he led the Missouri Valley Conference by throwing out 43 percent of opposing base stealers…Named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference Academic Team as a junior in 1991.

 

PROFESSIONAL CAREER:
• Played two years (1992-93) as a catcher in the Yankees system...Underwent elbow surgery after the 1993 season, ending his career.
• Over his two seasons, combined to hit .341 in 46 games, including a .382 mark in his rookie seaosn at Oneonta (NYP League).


COACHING CAREER:
• Coached seven seasons (2010-16) as the Rays hitting coach, the longest-tenured hitting coach in club history.
• Prior to joining the Rays, spent the previous five seasons as hitting coach for the Cleveland Indians (2005-09) at the age of 34, replacing Hall of Famer Eddie Murray…In his first full season in the position in 2006, the Indians finished 2nd in the majors in runs scored with 860...Over his tenure, Cleveland ranked 5th in the majors in runs scored, 3rd in OBP, and 6th in slugging.
• Was with the Indians organization for seven seasons…Was their minor league hitting coordinator from 2003-05.
• Began his coaching career with the Rookie-level GCL Yankees in 1997 and earned promotions to Class-A Tampa in 1998 and Double-A Norwich in 1999…Managed three years for the GCL Yankees (2000-01) and Short-A Staten Island (2002), leading his clubs to three first-place finishes and league championships in 2001 and 2002.
• In November 2011, he served as hitting coach for the MLB All-Star squad that played 5 games against the Chinese Taipei national team in Taiwan.
• 2017 marks his first season as a coach with the Blue Jays.

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