Johnson named Triple-A Norfolk manager
Ex-Red Sox coach among several additions to Minors staffs
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles announced the coaching staffs for each of their seven Minor League affiliates on Thursday, with several new additions, highlighted by Triple-A Norfolk manager Ron Johnson.
Ron Johnson joins the organization after spending the past 12 seasons with the Red Sox, including the 2010-11 seasons as Boston's first-base coach. Johnson has posted a 1,261-1,262 record in 18 seasons as a Minor League manager, and he will work with pitching coach Mike Griffin -- back for his fifth consecutive season in the organization -- and hitting coach Denny Walling, who spent the past six seasons as a roving Minor League instructor. Mark Shires will be back for a 13th year as an athletic trainer in the Orioles' system and his sixth year at Norfolk.
Gary Kendall will return for his second season as manager at Double-A Bowie and his 13th season in the organization. Denny Hocking will return for his second year as field coach and Kennie Steenstra will serve as Bowie's pitching coach for a third consecutive season. Aaron Scott, in his 10th season in the organization, will serve as Bowie's athletic trainer for the second consecutive year.
Class A Frederick will be managed by Orlando Gomez for the third consecutive year, with Gomez earning the 2011 Cal Ripken Sr. Player Development Award after leading the Keys to the Carolina League championship. Blane Beatty returns for his sixth season as pitching coach for the Keys, and former Major Leaguer Jose Hernandez will serve as field coach for Frederick after serving as field coach for Delmarva in 2011 and the Gulf Coast Orioles in '10. Pat Wesley begins his ninth full season as an athletic trainer in the O's organization and fourth with Frederick.
Ryan Minor, who enters his third year as manager, will be with Class A Delmarva, along with pitching coach Troy Mattes and field coach Einar Diaz. Athletic trainer Will Lawhorn is back for a second year in Delmarva and his fourth in the organization.
Gary Allenson, who managed Norfolk for the past five seasons, will manage short-season Class A Aberdeen, with former Triple-A hitting coach Brad Komminsk also now with the IronBirds. Former Orioles pitcher Alan Mills joins the organization as the pitching coach at Aberdeen, with Trek Schuler serving as the athletic trainer.
Ramon Sambo returns for his sixth season as a manager in the organization and his fifth season managing the Gulf Coast League Orioles. Larry Jaster, who is in his 16th year in the organization, returns as pitching coach and Milt May returns for his third season as a field coach for the Gulf Coast League club. Additionally, Elvis Morel will manage the Orioles' entry in the Dominican Summer League, and he will be assisted by pitching coaches Robert Perez and Dionis Pascual and hitting coach Ramon Caraballo.
Brian Graham enters his fifth season as coordinator of instruction, and he will work with new hires Rick Peterson (director of pitching development) and Mike Boulanger (Minor League hitting coordinator) to ensure continuity throughout the system.
Mike Bordick will serve as a special assignment nstructor, while Bobby Dickerson (infield), Don Werner (catching), Butch Davis (outfield) and Eric Cormell (baserunning and speed training) will serve as roving instructors. Scott McGregor will spend his 11th year as a coach in the organization and first season as the Sarasota-based rehabilitation coordinator, with Cesar Devarez overseeing the rehab of position players in Sarasota.
Dave Schmidt, in his 15th season in the organization, will serve as the coordinator of Sarasota operations for the Orioles, while Felipe Alou Jr. returns for his fifth year as director of the Orioles' Dominican Academy.
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