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Rays add Jamie Nelson as assistant hitting coach

Dec 5, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Yet another team has decided to go with two hitting coaches, as the Rays promoted minor league staffer Jamie Nelson to the assistant hitting coach role under primary hitting coach Derek Shelton.

Nelson has been managing and coaching in the Rays’ farm system for 13 years and will also be tasked with working specifically with catchers.

“Assistant hitting coach” was all but unheard of just a few years ago, but now nearly half the teams employ one and this offseason has seen the number rise dramatically.

  1. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Dec 5, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Hopefully this is a step in the direction of phasing out Shelton. Or maybe the 2 together will help each other. I guess this COULD at least be good news, and Lord knows something had to change here.

  2. Joe - Dec 5, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    I find it interesting that teams are carrying fewer hitters than ever before (because of the 3rd-string LOOGY on the roster), and yet hiring more hitting coaches for them.

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