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Quatraro assisted manager Dave Howard for the 2004 and 2005 seasons before Howard left. Tampa Bay then offered the Hudson Valley managerial position to Quatraro, which he gladly accepted.

Quatraro said the transition from hitting coach to manager has gone well.

"I think being here for a couple of years was helpful to me," he said. "There are some different things I have to do day to day, but I've gotten used to it."

Quatraro's players responded well to the new manager out of the gate, as the Renegades won eight of their first 13 games. A recent seven-game losing streak has taken some of the steam out of Hudson Valley's sails, but they were only 6.5 games behind first-place Aberdeen in the McNamara Division as of Monday with nearly two months still to go.

Quatraro is hoping a good showing this season will help him advance within the Tampa Bay organization " much like he did during his days as a catcher and utility infielder. But he also knows a winning record doesn't always ensure a promotion.

"You can't really predict that sort of thing. You have to be in the right place at the right time, and you have to have the right people see you," he said. "There are a lot of successful coaches who have stayed at the minor league level."

Quatraro does have time on his side. At age 32, he is getting an early start in his managerial career. Still, he's not willing to look too far ahead " not after seeing his playing career cut short.

"I love what I'm doing, but there's very little job security in baseball," he said. "You can't predict what's going to happen next year, let alone 10 or 15 years down the road."

At least, Matt Quatraro is on the path to a major league career. Just not the career he thought he was going to have.

"I thought I was going to play in the major leagues for 10 or 15 years when I was drafted," he said.

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