Wednesday Jan. 14, 2009
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Former Georgia Southern Baseball All-America Todd Greene has been named the new quality assurance coach for the Tampa Bay Rays. Greene joins the defending American League Champion following a year with the San Diego Padres.
Greene played in parts of 11 Major League seasons with the Angels, Blue Jays, Yankees Rangers, Rockies and Giants, compiling a .252 career average with 71 home runs and 217 RBIs while playing catcher, first base, outfield and designated hitter.
Greene also holds the distinction as the record holder for the most career home runs by a player with more home runs than walks (71 home runs, 67 walks). Bill Schroeder previously held the record (61 homers, 58 free passes).
He spent last season as a professional scout for the Padres after finishing his playing career in 2007 in San Diego's organization.
Duties for the position - which was new in 2008 - are likely to continue evolving under Greene, who will be in uniform during Spring Training and all regular-season pregame practices. In addition, he will assist with catching instruction, serve as a liaison between the scouting department and the club - including series preparation and the coordination of Spring Training.
"It's kind of a hybrid job from the scouting thing I did this past season with the Padres," Greene said. "Obviously, being back on the field was definitely appealing to me."
Greene helped lead Georgia Southern to the 1990 College World Series during his freshman year. He was a three-time All-America and still ranks third all-time in NCAA Division I history hitting 88 home runs. He is the only Eagle all-time with 300 hits (311), 200 RBI (257) and 200 runs scored (221). Greene joined the Georgia Southern Athletics Department Hall of Fame in 2004 and is one of two in program history to have their number retired (#20).
Greene and Rays manager Joe Maddon have a relationship dating back to their days in the Angels' organization, which factored into Greene taking the job.