Longtime member of the Tampa Bay Rays organization, Tom Foley has announced his retirement from the game after 43 years in the game of baseball — 24 seasons with the Rays.
A career that began with Foley being drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 7th round of the 1977 draft and eventually making his Major League debut several years later in 1983. During his 13 year playing career, Foley bounced all over the diamond playing myriad positions (and even pitched to two batters in 1989)!
His career saw him employed by the aforementioned Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, and most notably he spent eight seasons with the Montreal Expos.
Foley retired as a player following the 1995 season and took a job with the expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays in a player development role that also saw him manage their Rooke-Level team.
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A few years later he would oversee the Rays minor league operations before becoming the Major League team’s third base coach — a position he would hold from 2002 thru 2014. After that, Foley moved to the Bench Coach position to assist newcomer Kevin Cash with his managerial duties.
After 2017, Foley took a different supervisory role within the organization, and now after two years, he is finally ready to call it a career.