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Tue, 04 Dec 2012 11:54:01 -0800
The Tampa Bay Rays named Jamie Nelson as their assistant hitting coach Tuesday, Dec. 4. Nelson was working as the team's roving catching instructor. He'll assist hitting coach Derek Shelton, and Nelson will also work with the catchers.
Sun, 17 Jun 2012 22:41:59 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays 2B Ben Zobrist and hitting coach Derek Shelton went over what Zobrist and INF Drew Sutton talked about regarding his swing in a recent slump and tweaked a few things with his hands during his swing. The end result has been a stronger performance, including a .545 batting average, three home runs and six RBIs during the past week.
Sun, 30 May 2010 10:33:58 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays OF B.J. Upton, who was benched for two games last week due to his offensive struggles, did some work with hitting coach Derek Shelton Thursday, May 27, and feels like he's closer to getting back on track, according to Joe Smith of the St. Petersburg Times. "No hard feelings," Upton said of manager Joe Maddon's decision to keep him out of the lineup. "I just expressed to him that I want to be on the field; that's it. I want to be out there every day. ... I think everybody needs (a mental break) sometimes. I just happen to feel I only needed one (game), not two." Maddon said Upton had expanded his strike zone and was also sorting through mechanical issues like getting started late on his swing.
Wed, 21 Oct 2009 10:29:07 -0700
The Associated Press reports the Tampa Bay Rays hired free-agent hitting coach Derek Shelton (Indians) as their new hitting coach Wednesday, Oct. 21. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.