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Rays announce baseball operations hires & promotions01/10/2008 3:37 PM ET
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays named Tim Bogar to the Major League coaching staff; promoted Nick Paparesta to Major League Assistant Athletic Trainer; promoted Mark Vinson to Minor League Rehabilitation and Athletic Training Coordinator; promoted Jimmy Southard to Durham (AAA) Trainer; promoted Joel Smith to Montgomery (AA) Trainer; named Bill Evers and Joe Nigro Professional Scouts; promoted Kevin Elfering to East Coast Crosschecker; named Area Scouts Evan Brannon (Florida territory), Jayson Durocher (New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, El Paso) and Brian Hickman (Midwest); and named Scott Thurston Princeton (Rookie) Trainer. Bogar, 43, is entering his 20th season in professional baseball, fifth since his playing career ended. He will be in uniform during spring training and all pregame practices. His duties will include assisting with infield and base running instruction; serving as a liaison between the scouting department and the club, including series preparation; and coordinating spring training. He served the last four seasons managing in the Indians (2006-07) and Astros (2004-05) organizations. He compiled a 289-200 (.591) record and advanced to the postseason in three of his four seasons. Twice he was named Manager of the Year. He spent the last two years managing Akron (AA), the Indians affiliate in the Eastern League. The Aeros fell in the league championship series both years. In 2006 he guided Akron to a league-best record of 87-55 (.613). Their 87 wins were the 4th most in all of minor league baseball. He was named EL Manager of the Year and Baseball America recognized him as the "Best Manager Prospect" in the league. In 2007, Akron was 80-61 (.567) before falling to Trenton (Yankees) in the finals. He also served as a coach at the All-Star Futures Game. In 2004, his first year of managing, Bogar guided the Greeneville Astros (Rookie) to the Appalachian League title and was named Appy League Manager of the Year. In 2005, his Lexington (A) club posted the best overall record in the South Atlantic League at 81-58 (.583), but lost a playoff game to Hagerstown for the first half championship and failed to make it to the postseason. He spent nine seasons in the majors with the Mets, Astros and Dodgers from 1993-2001 as a utility infielder. He started at all four infield positions throughout his major league career and also appeared in two games in left field and pitched in a pair of games. Between his playing and coaching careers, he worked as a representative for Rawlings.
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