Tuesday, October 2, 2007


The contract of Rays bench coach Bill Evers was not renewed today. Evers had the longest tenure of any member of the organization. I'd really like some sort of explanation from the Rays brass about this. Did Evers ask not to be renewed so he could persue other coaching opportunities? Did the Rays front office Stu-Crew feel his services were no longer needed? Evers was an extremely popular coach at all levels in the Rays organization. The Rays many young players grew up with Bill as their coach and it will be a shame to see the Rays start to succeed without Mr. Evers on the bench. Good luck Bill.

Edit: Marc Topkin from the St. Pete Times reports:

Bench coach Bill Evers was hurt and disappointed to be let go by the Rays on Tuesday.

"It hurts deeply,'' Evers said. "I gave them those years, saw all those kids grow up, saw the whole organization grow up. They're definitely headed in the right direction. I just wish I could be part of it.''


Tommy Vercetti said...

Just to follow up on this...I'm getting word that this was 100% Rays Front Office decision not to offer Evers a contract