Monday, October 05, 2009

Henderson out as Tampa Bay hitting coach

Steve Henderson, who has been the Rays' batting coach for five seasons and spent the previous eight as the team's minor-league hitting coordinator, will not return for the 2010 season.

The Rays announced today that Henderson's contract would not be renewed, but pitching coach Jim Hickey, third-base coach Tom Foley, first-base coach George Hendrick, bench coach Dave Martinez and bullpen coach Bobby Ramos will return. The team is also eliminating the position of quality assurance coach.

In 2004, when Henderson was the minor-league hitting coordinator, he was part of an odd scene at Riverwalk Stadium. The Biscuits played one of their morning games and had a listless performance. Henderson put the team through postgame batting practice.

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