Rays’ Hickey has to work his magic again

by Gary Shelton on February 26, 2016 · 2 comments

in general, Tampa Bay Rays

Now, more than ever, the Rays need Jim Hickey./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Now, more than ever, the Rays need Jim Hickey./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Friday, 6 a.m.

The years go by, and he gets smarter. These days, there is something you trust about Jim Hickey, the most accomplished man in a Tampa Bay Rays' uniform.

He is the Svengali, the mentor, the teacher. He can take a questionable pitching staff and turn it into something that works. Year after year, he sees excellence leave the Tampa Bay Rays to chase the big money, and the team survives. James Shields, David Price, Matt Garza, Rafael Soriano, Fernando Rodney, J.P. Howell, Wade Davis – all of them have been spread across the league. Only Hickey – and expectations — remain.

And now, the Rays need Hickey more than ever.

This is his ninth season, but rarely has the Rays' pitching staff been in such disarray. Sure, there is talent — with the Rays, there always is — but there are broken seasons behind a

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Barry McDowell February 26, 2016 at 4:31 pm

I’m surprised he hasn’t gone to work with Joe Madden. He must like the challenges every year!

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Cecil DeBald February 26, 2016 at 8:42 am

Don’t forget Erasmo, he’s become a real favorite of mine! Of course, Joey Butler was a real favorite of mine, too, so that doesn’t mean Erasmo will be around…

Cecil

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