Sunday, September 10, 2006

Durham coaches fired

The Devil Rays fired the entire coaching staff at Class AAA Durham, the team announced to Tampa Bay-area media Saturday.

Manager John Tamargo, coaches Joe Coleman and Richie Hebner, and even trainer Tom Tisdale won't be back with the Bulls. Tampa Bay also fired minor-league pitching coordinator Jerry Nyman and three major-league scouts.

The Durham firings could give Montgomery's staff an opening to move up. Manager Charlie Montoyo has been with the Biscuits for all three years, while coaches Mako Oliveras and Xavier Hernandez are in their second years here.

Durham had a stressful season with Delmon Young's bat throw, Elijah Dukes' usual shenanigans (multiple suspensions and ejections) and even Tamargo, who was suspended 10 games for bumping an umpire.

2 comments:

Bubba said...

I think all three should be moved up and wasn't this the Tampa Bays new managment group that put the group in place at Durham?

Stacy Long said...

Tamargo was hired by the new group, but Coleman and Hebner were longtime Tampa Bay employees.

Coleman had been with the Rays for seven years, all with Durham. Hebner was with the Bulls for five seasons.