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Tampa Bay Rays hire Ozzie Timmons as new First Base Coach

The Rays overhaul of the coaching staff is complete


The Tampa Bay Rays’ early off-season overhaul of the coaching staff is seemingly complete as they have hired former major leaguer and Durham Bulls hitting coach Ozzie Timmons as their new first base coach.

Timmons, 47, played in the major leagues from 1995 to 2000 with the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners, and lastly with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2000. Timmons played in the minor leagues and independently, hanging up his cleats in 2006.

In 2007, the Rays hired Timmons to be the hitting coach of the Low-A Hudson Valley Renegades. The following season he moved up Single-A Columbus, and then in 2009, he was promoted to Double-A Montgomery, where he would stick through the 2015 season before once again being promoted, this time to the Triple-A Durham Bulls.

As part of his duties as the new first base coach for the Rays, Timmons will serve as base running coach and assist Chad Mottola in his hitting coach duties.

So the coaching staff will now feature Timmons at first base; Matt Quatraro as the new third base coach, Kyle Snyder as the new pitching coach, and Charlie Montoyo moving from third base to the bench coach job.