• Begins his ninth season with the Rays...named to the post on Nov. 18, 2006...the Rays had six pitching coaches in their first nine years: Rick Williams (1998-2000), Bill Fischer (2000-01), Jackie Brown (2002), Chris Bosio (2003), Chuck Hernandez (2004-05) and Mike Butcher (2006).
• Over his eight seasons as pitching coach (2007-14), the Rays lead the AL in strikeouts (9,924), WHIP (1.28) and opp avg. (.247) and are second in ERA (3.94)...the 1.28 WHIP is the lowest over an eight-year span by any team since the 1976-83 Yankees posted the same mark.
• Only six current major league pitching coaches - two in the AL - have been at their post as long: SF Dave Righetti (2000), CWS Don Cooper (2002), SD Darren Balsley (2003), ATL Roger McDowell (2006), LAD Rick Honeycutt (2006) and LAA Mike Butcher (2007).
• In a 2014 informal poll of GMs, players, writers, scouts and other coaches conducted by the Boston Globe, Hickey was ranked as the top Major League pitching coach.
• Began his career as a Major League pitching coach with Houston in July 2004...has been to the postseason six times in 10-1/2 seasons.
• Has coached three league ERA champions: Roger Clemens (NL, 2005), Roy Oswalt (NL, 2006) and AL 2012 Cy Young winner David Price (AL, 2012).
• Is one of just six in the last five decades to go to the World Series as pitching coach with two different franchises...joined Dave Duncan, Mel Stottlemyre, Johnny Sain, Stan Williams and Dave Wallace.
• The Rays have allowed 3,111 runs over the past five seasons (2010-14), fewest by an AL team over a span of five full seasons since 1976-80 Orioles (3,106).
• In 2014, the Rays posted 22 shutouts, most by an AL team since the 1972 Oakland A's had 23, one year before the DH rule was instituted...the Rays became the first AL team to post three consecutive seasons of 15-plus shutouts since the 1976-78 Yankees.
• In the last six years, the Rays have had six rookies with 10-plus wins, most in the majors...94 percent of the games during his tenure have been started by pitchers under the age of 30 (1,223 of 1,297).
• In 2014, both the Rays and Indians pitchers broke the major league record for strikeouts in a season...the Rays finished with 1,437 and the Indians 1,450.
• Opponents batted .228 in 2012, .234 in 2011 and .234 in 2014, three of the five lowest marks by an AL staff in the DH era.
• In 2008, Rays pitchers improved from last in the majors in ERA (5.53) to 3rd (3.82).
• Joined the Rays from Houston, where he spent the previous 16 seasons as a pitching coach, the last two and a half seasons on the Major League staff...in each of his two full seasons as Major League pitching coach, Houston finished second in the NL in ERA (3.51 in 2005 and 4.08 in 2006)...his 2005 staff, which advanced to the World Series, had three pitchers among the top seven in ERA and yielded the fewest runs and walks in the NL...in 2006 they finished second and third in those categories, and tied the Mets for the most shutouts with 12.
• Promoted to the Major League staff on an interim basis at the 2004 All-Star break, when Phil Garner was named interim manager...that Houston club advanced to the National League Championship Series...he was named full-time pitching coach in November 2004.
• Joined the Astros from Triple-A New Orleans, where he was in his seventh season as the Zephyrs' pitching coach...in 2002 and 2003, his New Orleans staffs led the Pacific Coast League in ERA...his 1998 staff recorded 10 shutouts, as New Orleans claimed their first-ever Triple-A World Series.
• Was a 13th-round selection of the White Sox in the 1983 June Draft and played eight seasons in the Minor Leagues with the White Sox, Dodgers and Astros...posted his best season in 1984, finishing 13-5 with 20 saves and a 1.81 ERA for Midwest League champion Appleton...concluded his playing career in 1989 with Double-A Columbus (Ga., Astros).
PERSONAL & MISC.
• His father, Jim, fought Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis in 1951 in an exhibition match at Korakuen Stadium in Tokyo...the elder Hickey was stationed at Japan's Camp McGill and was one of several Navy servicemen selected to face Louis.
• In Feb. 2010, was inducted to the Athletics Hall of Fame at his alma mater, University of Texas Pan American, where he was a first-team All-American selection in 1983 after finishing the season 16-2 with a 1.66 ERA...struck out 109 batters in 130.1 innings while only surrendering 19 walks...that season helped the Broncos to a school-record 64 wins and a berth in the NCAA tournament.
• Hickey is the father of two sons, Austin and Cameron, and a daughter, Addison.