COACHING CAREER: Named the seventh third base coach in Rays history on Nov 21, 2018, replacing Matt Quatraro who had been named bench coach…follows Greg Riddoch (1998-99), Billy Hatcher (2000), Terry Collins (2001), Tom Foley (2002-14), Charlie Montoyo (2015-17) and Quatraro (2018)....Willy Adames attributed his defensive strides made in 2019 largely to his work with Linares....Prior to joining the Rays, he spent 21 years in the Astros organization, including the last 12 as a manager…compiled a 761-694 (.523) record managing Triple-A Fresno (2018), Double-A Corpus Christi (2015-17), Class-A Lancaster (2012-14), Class-A Lexington (2010-11) and
Rookie-level Greenville (2007-09)...managed José Altuve, Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, J.D. Martínez and many other future big leaguers....In 2018, managed Fresno to an 82-57 (.590) record, winning the Pacific Coast League North Division title…named the PCL's Best Manager Prospect by Baseball America....Guided his teams to the postseason in six of his last seven seasons…led Corpus Christi to the two winningest seasons in franchise history (2015-16) and was named Texas League Manager of the Year in 2015…won a pair of California League championships (2012, 2014) and was named the league's Manager of the Year in 2012....Was involved with the Dominican Winter League for 13 straight seasons (2006-18)…this included time as a manager for the Aguilas Cibaenas (2018), Gigantes del Cibao (2017) and Estrellas de Oriente (2016)....Began his coaching career in 1999 as a coach and scout for the Astros Dominican Republic operations and remained in that role through the 2004 season…served as the hitting coach at Lexington from 2005-06.
PLAYING CAREER: Former infielder was originally signed by the Tigers in 1997 and spent parts of two seasons in the minors in the Tigers and Astros (1998) systems.
PERSONAL & MISC: His father, Julio Linares, is the Astros senior advisor for Latin American development and has been part of the organization since 1973....Has three sons: Steven, Ryan and Milan.