Named the seventh first base coach in Rays history on Nov 3, 2017, following Billy Hatcher (1998-99, 2003-05), José Cardenal (2000-01), Lee May (2001-02), George Hendrick (2006-14), Dave Martinez (2007, as a fill-in for Hendrick, who was recovering from knee surgery, for three weeks) and Rocco Baldelli (2015-17)…will also serve as an assistant hitting coach alongside Chad Mottola and provide baserunning instruction ... Begins his first major league coaching job…has spent his entire coaching career in the Rays system…spent the last two seasons as the hitting coach for Triple-A Durham (2016-17)…coached seven seasons with Double-A Montgomery (2009-15), one with Class-A Columbus (2008) and one with Short-A Hudson Valley (2007) ... Becomes the fourth major league coach in Rays history who was born in the Tampa Bay area, following Manager Kevin Cash (Tampa), former Manager Lou Piniella (Tampa) and former pitching coach Chuck Hernandez (Tampa).
Played 16 seasons professionally as an outfielder, highlighted by parts of five seasons in the majors with the Cubs (1995-96), Reds (1997), Mariners (1999) and Devil Rays (2000)…this included stints in the Japanese Central League (2001), Mexican League (2005) and independent Atlantic League (2003-06) ... Played his final stint in the majors with the Devil Rays in 2000, finishing his major league career on a 9-game hitting streak and batting .341 (14-for-41) with 4 HR and 13 RBI in 12 games… earned a September call up with the Rays after a career year for Durham, where he hit 29 HR and led the International League with 104 RBI and 100 runs to earn IL All-Star honors ... His final career home run came on Sep 28, 2000 at Tropicana Field, off NYY Roger Clemens ... In his first career plate appearance, on Opening Day 1995 at CIN, drew a pinch-hit, bases-loaded walk against Chuck McElroy…according to Stats LLC, is one of three players since data is available (1974) to draw a pinch-hit, bases-loaded walk in his first career plate appearance, along with BOS Carlos Quintana (Sep 16, 1988 vs. NYY) and MON Bob Pate (June 2, 1980 vs. CHC) ... Was in uniform for the opening of Safeco Field, on July 15, 1999 vs. SD, after being called up from Triple-A Tacoma earlier that day ... Hit 301 HR in his professional career, including independent ball, Mexico and Japan.
Selected by the Cubs in the fifth round of the 1991 June Draft out of the University of Tampa, where he was a two-time NCAA Division II AllAmerica selection ... Selected by the White Sox in the 44th round of the 1988 June Draft out of Brandon (Fla.) High School, but did not sign.