Jim Hickey out as Rays pitching coach

By SPECTRUM SPORTS STAFF,
Last Updated: Wednesday, October 04, 2017, 9:35 AM EDT

The Tampa Bay Rays and Pitching Coach Jim Hickey have parted ways after 11 seasons, the team announced on Tuesday.

Kyle Snyder, who spent the last three seasons as the Triple-A Durham Bulls pitching coach, has been promoted to the same position.

During Hickey’s tenure, the Rays led the AL with 127 shutouts (tied with the Angels), .247 opponents’ batting average and 1.28 WHIP, and ranked second with a 3.95 ERA and 13,988 strikeouts. Meanwhile, 96 percent of those games (1,709 of 1,783) were started by pitchers under the age of 30. The Rays have had at least one pitcher make the All-Star Team in each of the past eight seasons, and none of those eight pitchers had ever been an All-Star prior to working with Hickey.

Third base coach Charlie Montoyo will assume the role of bench coach, replacing Tom Foley, who transitions to a new position with the club.

Jamie Nelson will not return to his role as major league coach, and a new role for him within the organization is being explored.

Information courtesy: Tampa Bay Rays