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Tom Foley #6

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Full Name:
Tom Foley
Uniform #:
6

FRONT OFFICE & COACHING CAREER

• After 13 seasons as the Rays third base coach, moves to bench coach for first-year Manager Kevin Cash...is the longest-tenured coach in club history...only five current Major League coaches have been with their teams longer.

• Is the eighth bench coach in club history following Frank Howard (1998-99), Bill Russell (2000), Hal McRae (2001), Billy Hatcher (2001-02), John McLaren (2003-05), Bill Evers (2006-07) and Dave Martinez (2008-14).

• Joined the Rays major league staff on Oct. 25, 2001 when he was named third base coach...has served under every Rays manager except Larry Rothschild.

• Only three uniformed personnel have been in the organization as long: field coordinator Bill Evers, hitting coordinator Steve Livesey and Rays new 3B coach Charlie Montoyo.

• Served as the Rays field coordinator in 1996 and oversaw the first mini-camp in club history following the Rays first June Draft...that summer he also managed at Butte, Mont., the Rays Rookie-level entry in the Pioneer League...led the club to a 37-35 record, a postseason berth and was named Manager of the Year.

• Stayed on as field coordinator through 1999 and then served as director of minor league operations for two years.

• Managed in the Arizona Fall League in 2001, piloting the Maryvale Saguaros.

PLAYING CAREER

• Played 13 seasons in the Majors, all in the National League...logged 463 games at shortstop, but played all four infield positions: 1B (61 games), 2B (385), 3B (90)...also played one game in the outfield and pitched in a game.

• In his first Major League start for Cincinnati on Apr. 17, 1983, had a walk and a two-run double in the first inning before ever taking the field.

• Dealt to the Phillies on Aug. 7, 1985...went to camp with the Phillies in 1986 as the projected starter, but fractured his right wrist when he was hit by a pitch from Roger McDowell in a spring training game.

• Traded from the Phillies to Montreal on July 24, 1986, and in his first day as an Expo he was 5-for-9 vs. the Reds in the completion of a suspended game plus a regularly scheduled tilt.

• Best season came with Montreal in 1987 when he batted .293 in 106 games...played shortstop for the injured Hubie Brooks and also shared second base duties with Vance Law that season...Expos were 91-71 but finished four games behind the NL champion Cardinals.

• In 1988, established career highs in games (127), hits (100) and RBI (43)...on July 2 vs. ATL had the only two-homer game of his career connecting off Rick Mahler and Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter.

• Had a string of 61 error less games at shortstop end on Aug. 11, 1990...played all four infield positions that season...in 1991, borrowed Andres Galarraga's glove and played a career-high 31 games at first base.

PERSONAL & MISC.

• Married Marta Wright on Aug 28, 1981...the couple has three grown children: Bryan, Brett and Brooke, and a new grandson, Nolen.

• Brett is in his fourth year as an area supervisor scout for the Rays...his territory includes Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin and North and South Dakota.

• Graduated from Palmetto High School in Miami, where he was an ambidextrous athlete, throwing right-handed as a shortstop and left-handed as a quarterback...also attended Dade South Community College in Miami.

• As a youth, spent four years in Japan, as his father was in the U.S. Army...also lived in France and Hawaii.

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