ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. - Ray Smith has been with the Elizabethton Twins of the Appalachian League for 27 years.
In a sport where rosters and staffs are constantly changing, he has been a constant in the Minnesota Twins organization.
"We believe in stability," Minnesota Twins General Manager Terry Ryan told News 5 WCYB. "We have very few changes in our organization. There's a lot of comfort in sending players to Ray Smith with the Elizabethton franchise. I always have a lot of confidence these guys are getting into the pro game on the right foot."
Smith is a former major league player with the Twins. When he started in Elizabethton in the late 80s as a coach, he told his family they wouldn't move again.
He has helped the Twins win eight Appalachian League championships. "They talk about all those wins," Smith told News 5 WCYB. "I didn't swing at one pitch. I didn't throw one pitch or field a ground ball. I put the lineup out there and change a pitcher every now and then."
During the off-season Smith serves as the athletic director at nearby Milligan College.
His Twins are currently in first place in the Appalachian League West Division.