Danny Sheaffer, manager of the Princeton Rays, is in his fifth season guiding the Rookie-league affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays that competes in the Appalachian League. The 55-year-old Sheaffer guided the P-Rays to the Appy League playoffs in each of the past three seasons and came within one pitch of winning the championship in 2015. The 2017 campaign represents his 37th year in professional baseball, including his 18th in a coaching or managing capacity. He joined the Rays’ organization in January of 2013.
After graduating from high school in Pennsylvania, Sheaffer played college baseball at Clemson University and was a member of the Tiger team that advanced to the College World Series in 1980. He was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1981 and proceeded to play seven seasons in the major leagues. Primarily a catcher, he played nearly every position on the diamond as a professional while seeing time at the game’s top level with the Red Sox, the Cleveland Indians, the Colorado Rockies and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Prior to joining the Rays, Sheaffer spent the previous five years as Houston’s roving catching instructor after coaching at Triple-A Round Rock in 2007. He worked for six seasons in the Cardinals’ minor league system, including managerial stints at Triple-A Memphis (2003-06), Class A Peoria (2002) and Double-A New Haven (2001). He won the Midwest League championship with Peoria in 2002. Sheaffer began his coaching career with Class A Eugene in the Chicago Cubs’ farm system in 1999 and 2000.
Danny has a foundation, BLITS Worldwide, which aims to spread water purification around the world.
Sheaffer also has a DVD on catching, Firm Foundation Catching. For more information about this great DVD, please click here: www.firmfoundationcatching.com. He also has developed an aid for players and coaches who throw batting practice. To visit the Pro Strike Zone website, please click here: https://www.prostrikezone.com.