On Wednesday night, the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Houston Astros by a score of 7-0. The win gave the Rays their 98th win of the season, the most important in franchise history. Yankees fans may scold, but there’s no denying that it’s very easy for me to support the Rays. The person Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash relies on most is a 1992 Bethlehem High School and BCHS Hall of Fame graduate bench coach Matt Quatraro.
Matt coached and managed in the minor leagues before landing the position of minor league hitting coordinator with the Rays in 2010. After a short stint as Terry Francona’s assistant batting coach in Cleveland, Quatraro rose to a another Major League role with Tampa Bay. Matt was named the team’s third baseman in 2017 and has been in the midst of the AHL playoffs since.
On Thursday, Matt Quatraro joined The Drive with Charlie & Dan and spoke about the makeup of the Tampa Bay Rays roster, the continued success of teams using a unique low-cost model, and what happens when you add a great personality like Nelson Cruz to your lineup. Quatraro even helped Dan feel better, telling him the Rays would give the Yankees everything they have this weekend as Mr. Bahl’s Red Sox take on the Washington Nationals.
Many thanks to Matt for spending time with us leading up to tonight’s game in Houston. We will be sure to catch up with him after the season. Keep an eye out for Matt Quatraro. He is one of the potential young managers who will be taken into account this year when the teams look for new skippers. They are no better than Matt. Good luck to him and the Rays the rest of the way.