Was the 2008 winner of the Tony Conigliaro Award, given by the Boston BBWAA to the major league player who has overcome adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination and courage-trademarks of the former Red Sox star outfielder. Was a 2004 inductee into the Rhode Island Italian-American Hall of Fame. Named either first or second-team all-state in baseball, track, basketball and volleyball at Bishop Hendricken High School (Warwick, R.I.)…remains one of only two Rhode Island natives to be selected in the first round of the regular phase of the June Draft, along with SS Bill Almon (Padres, 1974)…between 1965-86 the June Draft consisted of two phases.
Enters his third season as the Rays first base coach…was 33 years old when named to the post on Dec 19, 2014, and still remains the youngest coach in Rays history, supplanting Billy Hatcher, who was 37 as the first base coach for the inaugural Devil Rays in 1998…is younger than any other active major league coach or manager. Is the sixth first base coach in club history…follows George Hendrick (2006-14), Billy Hatcher (1998-99, 2003-05), Jose Cardenal (2000-01), Lee May (2001-02) and Dave Martinez, who filled in for Hendrick the first three weeks of 2007 while he recovered from knee surgery. Prior to joining the coaching staff, he spent four seasons (2011-14) in the Rays organization as a special assistant, baseball operations-a position he accepted in January 2011 upon retiring from an 11-year career as an outfielder.