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Tom Foley #6

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Full Name:
Tom Foley
Uniform #:
6

Front Office & Coaching Career
This is his 13th season as Rays third base coach, longest-tenured coach in club history… was named to the post on Oct 25, 2001 and has served under three managers since: Hal McRae, Lou Piniella and Joe Maddon…only one current Major League third base coach has held his post longer than Foley: Jose Oquendo in his 14th season with St. Louis…prior to his arrival, the Rays had three third base coaches in the team's first four seasons: Greg Riddoch (1998-99), Billy Hatcher (2000-01) and Terry Collins (2001). Only three uniformed personnel have been in the organization as long: field coordinator Bill Evers, Triple-A Durham manager Charlie Montoyo and hitting coordinator Steve Livesey. From his third base coaching box has waved home 76 percent of the runs the Rays have scored in their history (8,806 of 11,603). Served as the Rays field coordinator in 1996 and oversaw the first mini-camp in club history following the Rays first June Draft…that summer he also managed at Butte, Mont., the Rays Rookie-level entry in the Pioneer League…led the club to a 37-35 record, a postseason berth and was named the league's Manager of the Year. Stayed on as field coordinator through 1999 and then served as director of minor league operations for two years. Managed in the Arizona Fall League in 2001, piloting the Maryvale Saguaros.

Playing Career
Played 13 seasons in the Majors, all in the National League…logged 463 games at shortstop, but played all four infield positions: first base (61 games), second base (385), third base (90)…also played one game in the outfield and pitched in a game. In his first ML start for Cincinnati on April 17, 1983, had a walk and a two-run double in the first inning before ever taking the field. Was dealt to the Phillies on Aug 7, 1985… went to camp with the Phillies in 1986 as the projected starter, but fractured his right wrist when he was hit by a pitch from Roger McDowell in a spring training game. Was traded from the Phillies to Montreal on July 24, 1986, and in his first day in an Expos uniform he was 5-for-9 vs. the Reds in the completion of a suspended game plus a regularly scheduled tilt. Best season came with Montreal in 1987 when he batted .293 in 106 games…played shortstop for the injured Hubie Brooks and also shared second base duties with Vance Law that season… Expos were 91-71 but finished four games behind the NL champion Cardinals. In 1988, established career highs in games (127), hits (100) and RBI (43) and was Montreal's most consistent middle infielder in his 97 starts…on July 2 vs. ATL had the only two-homer game of his career connecting off Rick Mahler and Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter. Had a string of 61 errorless games at shortstop end on Aug 11, 1990…for the first time, played all four infield positions that season…in 1991, borrowed Andres Galarraga's glove and played a career-high 31 games at first base.

Personal
Married Marta Wright on Aug 28, 1981…the couple has three grown children: Bryan, Brett and Brooke. Brett is in his third year as an area supervisor scout for the Rays…his territory includes Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin. Graduated from Palmetto High School in Miami, where he was an ambidextrous athlete, throwing right-handed as a shortstop and left-handed as a quarterback…also attended Dade South Community College in Miami. As a youth, spent four years in Japan, as his father was in the U.S. Army…also lived in France and Hawaii.

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