ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -The Tampa Bay Devil Rays hired Dave Martinez as bench coach and announced that senior adviser Don Zimmer will return next year for his 50th season as a major league player, coach or manager.
Martinez, who played for the Devil Rays from 1998-2000, replaced Bill Evers. He served as a spring training instructor for the past two seasons and also filled in as first base coach for three weeks while George Hendrick recovered from knee surgery this year.
The Devil Rays announced last week that Hendrick, Tom Foley (third base), Steve Henderson (hitting) and Bobby Ramos (bullpen) will be retained as part of manager Joe Maddon's staff in 2008. They all agreed to two-year contracts.
Zimmer, 76, has been with the Devil Rays for four years.
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