Begins his seventh season with the Rays, the longest-tenured pitching coach in club history...named to the post on Nov 18, 2006...the Rays had 6 pitching coaches in their first 9 years: Rick Williams (1998-2000), Bill Fischer (2000-01), Jackie Brown (2002), Chris Bosio (2003), Chuck Hernandez (2004-05) and Mike Butcher (2006). Only three current AL pitching coaches have been at their post as long: MIN Rick Anderson (2002), CWS Don Cooper (2002) and LAA Mike Butcher (2007). Began his career as a major league pitching coach with Houston in July 2004 and in his 8-1/2 seasons since, he has been to the postseason five times...is one of just seven pitching coaches in the last five decades to go to the World Series with two different franchises (Astros in 2005 and Rays in 2008)...joins Dave Duncan, Mel Stottlemyre, Larry Rothschild, Johnny Sain, Stan Williams and Dave Wallace. As a major league pitching coach, his teams have posted a 3.94 ERA and he has coached three league ERA champions: Roger Clemens (NL, 2005), Roy Oswalt (NL, 2006) and David Price (AL, 2012). The Rays have set virtually every team pitching record under Hickey...over his 6 seasons as pitching coach (2007-12), the Rays lead the AL in strikeouts (7,177) and feature the lowest opponents' batting average (.250)...Rays pitchers have posted an AL-best 3.74 ERA over the past 5 seasons, lowest by an AL team over a 5-year period since 1988-92 when the A's (3.61) and Blue Jays (3.73) were better. In his six seasons, 96.5 percent (938 of 972) of the Rays games have been started by pitchers under the age of 30 and 61.3 percent (596 of 972) have been started by pitchers 25 years of age or younger, most in the majors over that span (Oakland is 2nd with 585). The Rays team ERA has decreased each of the last 4 seasons: 2009 (4.33), 2010 (3.78), 2011 (3.58) and 2012 (3.19)...only 2 other major league teams can make that claim over the last 4 years: the Nationals and Braves. In 2012, the Rays led the majors in ERA (3.19), opponents' batting average (.228) and set an AL record with 1,383 strikeouts...the Rays and the 1999 Red Sox are the only teams to lead the AL in all 3 categories in the last 30 years...their ERA was the lowest by an AL staff since 1990...the Rays were just the 6th AL team in the DH era (since 1973) to lead the majors in ERA...their 2.60 mark after the All-Star break was the 8th lowest in AL history. Opponents batted .228 in 2012 and .234 in 2011, the two lowest marks by an AL staff in the DH era...the Rays have had the lowest opponents' batting average in the AL in each of the last 3 seasons, the first team to do that since the 1983-85 Detroit Tigers...the Rays 1.17 WHIP (walks+hits per IP) was also the lowest by an AL team in the DH era. The Rays were the only AL team in 2012 to boast five 10-game winners and became the first team to have five 10-game winners in three consecutive seasons since the 1986-88 Mets. 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 in the organization 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 ML 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...in 2004, the staff went through 16 different starters and posted a 3.41 ERA...in 2001 the Zephyrs finished with the secondbest ERA in the PCL en route to the PCL championship...his 1998 staff recorded 10 shutouts as New Orleans claimed their first-ever Triple-A World Series. In 2002, served on the coaching staff for the Triple-A All-Star Game and was selected as a coach for the MLB All-Star Futures Game in Milwaukee...that same season was named the Astros Player Development Man of the Year.
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).
In February 2010, was inducted to the Athletics Hall of Fame at his alma mater, University of Texas Pan American where he was a firstteam 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 and his wife, Jennifer, reside in St. Cloud, Fla., with their two sons, Austin and Cameron, and daughter, Addison.