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Timmons Leaves Rays, Named Brewers Hitting Coach

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The Tampa Bay Rays will have an opening in their coaching staff for 2022, as long-time first base coach Ozzie Timmons will leave the franchise and become a hitting coach for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Timmons, who played parts of five seasons in the big leagues including in 2000 with the then-Devil Rays, has been the first base coach for Kevin Cash since 2018.  Prior to coming to the big-league team, Timmons spent his entire minor-league coaching career in the Rays organization, including two seasons with the Triple-A Durham Bulls and seven years with the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits.

“I would like to thank The Tampa Bay Rays for giving me the opportunity to coach in this great organization,” Timmons said on Twitter.  “Thank you Rays fans for supporting this amazing team and all the support you have given me throughout the years! I will miss you all.”

The Rays announced earlier this month that Chris Prieto would take over as first base coach for 2022, with Timmons shifting to assistant hitting coach duties.

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Steve Carney is the founder and publisher of St. Pete Nine. One of the people most associated with baseball coverage in Tampa Bay, he spent 13 seasons covering the Rays for flagship radio station WDAE, first as producer of Rays Radio broadcasts, then as beat reporter beginning in 2011. He likes new analytics and aged bourbon, and is the owner of one of the ugliest knuckleballs ever witnessed by baseball scouts.

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