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Rays replace pitching coach Jim Hickey with Kyle Snyder

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  • Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash speaks to the media during a season ending baseball news conference Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rays finished their season on Sunday, ending with an 80-82 record.

    Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash speaks to the media during a season ending baseball news conference Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rays finished their season on Sunday, ending with an 80-82 record.
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  • Tampa Bay Rays clubhouse attendant Jonah McElwee packs starting pitcher Chris Archer's uniforms in the clubhouse, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rays finished their season Sunday ending with an 80-82 record.

    Tampa Bay Rays clubhouse attendant Jonah McElwee packs starting pitcher Chris Archer's uniforms in the clubhouse, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rays finished their season Sunday ending with an 80-82 record.
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  • Batboy Jerry Culkin labels boxes with player's personal belongings in the clubhouse as the team cleans out their belongings Monday, Oct. 2, 2017,  at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. (Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

    Batboy Jerry Culkin labels boxes with player's personal belongings in the clubhouse as the team cleans out their belongings Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. (Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Times via AP)
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  • Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash, right, speaks to the media as senior vice-presidents of baseball operations Chaim Bloom, left, and Erik Neander, center, look on during a season ending baseball news conference Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rays finished their season on Sunday, ending with an 80-82 record.

    Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash, right, speaks to the media as senior vice-presidents of baseball operations Chaim Bloom, left, and Erik Neander, center, look on during a season ending baseball news conference Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rays finished their season on Sunday, ending with an 80-82 record.
    Associated Press

 
 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jim Hickey's 11-season run as pitching coach of the Tampa Bay Rays is over.

The move announced this week is one of several changes to manager Kevin Cash's staff for 2018. The Rays finished 80-82 this year, the club's fourth consecutive losing season.

Triple-A Durham pitching coach Kyle Snyder was promoted to replace Hickey, who had been with the Rays since 2007. With his help, Tampa Bay made four playoff appearances from 2008-13.

Third base coach Charlie Montoyo will take over as bench coach for Tom Foley, who is moving into a different position. The team says Foley will remain "heavily engaged" with the major league club.

The Rays also say Jamie Nelson, a big league coach the past five seasons, is being considered for another job in the organization.

The 40-year-old Snyder is a former major league pitcher who spent parts of five seasons with Kansas City and Boston. He was the pitching coach at Durham the past three years.

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