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Derek Shelton #17

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• Enters his sixth season as the Rays hitting coach, making him the longest-tenured hitting coach in club history…named to the post on Oct 21, 2009…follows Steve Henderson (1998, 2006-09), Leon Roberts (1999-2000), Wade Boggs (2001), Milt May (2002) and Lee Elia (2003-05).

• During his tenure (2010-14), the Rays have walked 2,930 times, most in the majors, and have a .324 OBP, 8th best in the majors.

• Prior to joining the Rays, spent the previous five seasons as hitting coach for the Cleveland Indians...Named to that post on June 4, 2005 at the age of 34, replacing Hall of Famer Eddie Murray...In his first full season in the position in 2006, the Indians finished 2nd in the majors in runs scored with 860.

• Over his tenure, Cleveland ranked 5th in the majors in runs scored, 7th in avg., 2nd in doubles, 3rd in OBP, 6th in slugging and 10th in HR.

• Was with the Indians organization for seven seasons...Was their minor league hitting coordinator from 2003-05.

• Spent the previous six seasons in the Yankees system...Began his coaching career with the Rookie-level GCL Yankees in 1997 and earned promotions to Class-A Tampa in 1998 and Double-A Norwich in 1999...Managed three years for the GCL Yankees (2000-01) and Short-A Staten Island (2002), leading his clubs to three first-place finishes and league championships in 2001 and 2002.

• In November 2011, he served as hitting coach for the MLB All-Star squad that played 5 games against the Chinese Taipei national team in Taiwan...The MLB All-Stars swept the series.


• Played two years (1992-93) as a catcher in the Yankees system...Underwent elbow surgery after the 1993 season, ending his career...At Class-A Greensboro played under former Rays coach and current field coordinator Bill Evers.


• Serves as a spokesman for Speed Hitter, recognized nationally as one of the top batting aids for players of all ages.

• His father, Ron, was a lefty who pitched two seasons (1966-67) at Bluefield (Orioles) in the Appalachian League.

• Graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in criminal justice…caught four seasons for the Salukis, 1989-92...As a junior, he led the Missouri Valley Conference by throwing out 43 percent of opposing base stealers...Named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference Academic Team as a junior in 1991.

Resides in St. Pete Beach with his wife, Alison, and three children: Jackson, Isabella and Gianna.

The Sheltons have helped raise nearly $135,000 for All Children's Hospital over the past four years by co-chairing the Mystery Ball event held annually at a Rays home game...Fans purchase an autographed baseball inside a "mystery" paper bag.

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