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Boggs, McRae Expected To Coach Rays

November 7, 2000

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) _ The Tampa Bay Devil Rays planned to unveil their restructured coaching staff on Tuesday with Wade Boggs, Hal McRae and Terry Collins all expected to receive positions.

Boggs, who retired from the team in 1999 after reaching 3,000 career hits, was in line to be hired as hitting coach. McRae and Collins, both former major league managers, likely will join the club as bench and bullpen coach.

Boggs, who played two seasons for Tampa Bay after spending most of his career with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, has been a special assistant to general manager Chuck LaMar for the past year.

McRae, the Kansas City Royals manager from 1991-94, was the Philadelphia Phillies hitting coach the last four seasons. Collins, who has managed both the Houston Astros and Anaheim Angels, was an advance scout for the Chicago Cubs during the 2000 season.

Rothschild was retained as manager in October after three consecutive last-place finishes in the AL East. But the club fired hitting coach Leon Roberts, bench coach Bill Russell and bullpen coach Orlando Gomez to create the openings filled Tuesday.

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