Named Rays first base coach on Nov 21, 2005… is the longest tenured of five first base coaches in club history, ahead of Billy Hatcher (1998-99, 2003-05), Jose Cardenal (2000-01), Lee May (2001-02) and Dave Martinez, who filled in for Hendrick the first three weeks of 2007 while he recovered from knee surgery. Only one current Major League first base coach has been at his post as long: LAA Alfredro Griffin, who enters his 15th season. Joined the Rays from the Dodgers, where he was their Minor League hitting coordinator…served as the Dodgers Triple-A hitting coach at Las Vegas for two seasons (2003-04). Was an interim hitting coach for the Major League Dodgers during the final two months of 2003 after Jack Clark was dismissed. Was the Padres Minor League hitting instructor in 2000 and 2001, and managed their Class-A Lake Elsinore club in 2002…guided the Storm to a 75-65 record and a berth in the California League Championship Series. Served as first base coach for the Angels in 1998-99 under former Rays coach Terry Collins and alongside Angels bench coach Joe Maddon. Was the Major League hitting coach for the Cardinals for two seasons (1996-97) began his coaching career as the Cardinals minor league roving hitting/outfield instructor for three seasons (1993-95).
Played 18 major league seasons as an outfielder with Oakland (1971-72), Cleveland (1973-76), San Diego (1977-78), St. Louis (1978-84), Pittsburgh (1985) and California (1985-88). A four-time All-Star (1974-75, '80, '83)...earned NL Silver Slugger awards in 1980 (outfield) and 1983 (first base). Earned World Series rings with Oakland in 1972 and St. Louis in 1982 and was a member of the Angels 1986 division-winning team...batted .321 (9-for-28) with five RBI in the 1982 World Series. In 1980 while with St. Louis, he drove in a career-high 109 runs, second most in the National League, and added a career-high 25 home runs. Finished fourth in the AL in batting in 1983 with a career-best .318 average and was sixth in the league with 97 RBI. Led the Majors with 20 outfield assists for the Cardinals in 1979. Between 1973-83 he hit 228 home runs, 12th most in the Majors during that span. Led the Indians in home runs in 1976 and the Cardinals each year from 1980-83...hit 25 of Cleveland's 85 home runs in 1976; 18 of St. Louis' 50 home runs in 1981; and 19 of St. Louis' 67 in 1982. In 1968 Oakland made him the first player selected in the January phase of the draft despite the fact that he didn't play high school sports at Fremont High School in Los Angeles.
Has two sons, Brian and Damon...Brian played college basketball at the University of California-Berkeley and played professionally in Europe.