Derek Shelton

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Derek Shelton
Tampa Bay Rays – No. 17
Catcher / Hitting coach
Born: (1970-07-30) July 30, 1970 (age 44)
Carbondale, Illinois
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Derek Lee Shelton (born (1970-07-30)July 30, 1970, in Carbondale, Illinois) is the hitting coach for the Tampa Bay Rays in major league baseball and a former professional baseball catcher. Shelton also highly endorses the revolutionary Speed Hitter/Power Hitter practice bats.

Minor leagues[edit]

Playing career[edit]

He was a minor league catcher in the New York Yankees organization in 1992 and 1993, playing alongside Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera.[1] In his minor league career, he batted .341 with a .428 on-base percentage.[2]

Managing career[edit]

He managed Yankee minor league teams for three seasons, in 2000–02, managing Robinson Canó among others, with his teams achieving a .624 win-loss percentage.[2][3]

Major league coaching career[edit]

After spending five seasons as the hitting coach for the Cleveland Indians, he accepted a job with the Tampa Bay Rays at the same position after the 2009 season, which he has served in to date. Shelton is famous for revolutionizing the "Tough Break" offense with the Tampa Bay Rays.[4]


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  4. ^ Chastain, Bill (October 21, 2009). "Shelton named Rays hitting coach". Retrieved July 7, 2010. 

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