01/27/2003 1:02 pm ET
Orioles announce minor league staff
The Baltimore Orioles today announced the managers, coaches and instructors for their seven minor league affiliates for the 2003 season. The Orioles' top four affiliates will have new managers, with two other managers in the organization returning to the same posts they held last year.
GARY ALLENSON has been named manager at AAA Ottawa, DAVE TREMBLEY will be manager at AA Bowie, TOM LAWLESS will manage Class A Frederick and STAN HOUGH will manage Class A Delmarva.
JOE ALMARAZ returns to Class A Aberdeen and JESUS ALFARO returns to the Orioles' Gulf Coast League Rookie entry at Sarasota. A manager for Rookie League Bluefield will be announced at a later date.
"We are very pleased with the coaching staffs assembled for each affiliate," said Orioles Director of Minor League Operations DARRELL "DOC" RODGERS. "I believe the new additions to our staff will complement a strong group of coaches and instructors already in place. Together they will work to develop players to play at the major league level."
GARY ALLENSON served on the Milwaukee Brewers coaching staff for the last three years, the last two as third base coach. He was the Brewers first base coach in 2000. Allenson was also the third base coach for the Boston Red Sox in 1994 and bullpen coach for the Red Sox, 1992-1993. Prior to joining the Brewers major league staff, Allenson was manager for Milwaukee's Triple-A club in Louisville, 1998-1999. He led Louisville to the International League playoffs in 1998 after winning the first half division title. Allenson has managed nine seasons in the minors in the Milwaukee, Houston, Boston, New York Yankees and Texas organizations and compiled a 533-600 record.
STEVE McCATTY joins the Ottawa staff as pitching coach. McCatty began last season as pitching coach for the Detroit Tigers AA Erie club before joining the Tigers major league staff in April as pitching coach under manager Luis Pujols. He has spent the last seven seasons as a pitching coach in the Tigers system. McCatty pitched nine seasons in the majors with the Oakland Athletics and compiled a 63-63 record and 3.99 ERA. DAVE CASH, who began last season as manager at Bowie, will serve as field coach for Ottawa. Cash enters his 7th season in the organization, with the first four spent as coach at the Triple-A level for the Orioles' former affiliate, Rochester. HOMER ZULAICA will be Ottawa's trainer.
DAVE TREMBLEY has been a minor league manager for the last 16 years and has served as manager in the Chicago Cubs organization for the previous nine seasons. In December 2001, Baseball America selected him as one of minor league baseball's top five managers of the past 20 years. Trembley has a managerial record of 1084-1128 and three times was named his league's manager of the year.
DAVE SCHULER will be pitching coach for the Baysox after serving in the same capacity the last three seasons at Class A Delmarva. BUTCH DAVIS will be field coach at Bowie after spending last season as a coach at Rochester. Davis, who enters his 9th season in the Orioles system, also served as a coach for the Baysox in 2000. P.J. MAINVILLE returns for his 6th full season as a member of the minor league staff and 3rd year at Bowie.
TOM LAWLESS has been manager for three different Midwest League teams over a span of eight years. His most recent managerial position came in 2001 with Class A Fort Wayne, a San Diego affiliate. He served as manager in 2000 for Peoria of the St. Louis organization. Lawless' first job as manager came 1994-1996 at Cedar Rapids, an Anaheim affiliate. Last season Lawless worked for the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball as an on-field operations assistant under the supervision of Bob Watson.
Former Oriole SCOTT McGREGOR joins the Keys as pitching coach after serving in the same role last season at Class A Aberdeen. McGregor spent all 13 years of his major league career in an Orioles uniform from 1976 to 1988, going 138-108 with a 3.99 ERA. He is a member of the Orioles Hall of Fame and ranks among the club's all-time leaders in wins (6th, 138), innings (4th, 2141.1), shutouts (5th, 23), games (7th, 356) and strikeouts (8th, 904). MOE HILL will be field coach for the Keys after spending the previous four seasons with AA Tulsa of the Texas organization. Originally drafted by the Orioles, Hill spent the first four years of his 15-year professional career in the Birds' system. In 1999, he was named the top player in the history of the Midwest League by Baseball America. MARK SHIRES returns for his third season as Frederick's trainer.
STAN HOUGH spent last season as field coach for Class A Clinton of the Montreal Expos organization. In 2001, he was manager for AAA Ottawa. Prior to that, he spent two seasons as manager of Class A Greensboro, a New York Yankees affiliate. A former catcher, Hough spent seven years in the New York Mets system and five years in the Houston organization. He began his coaching career as a player-coach in 1983 and made his managerial debut in 1987 for Texas' Gulf Coast affiliate.
LARRY McCALL enters his 14th year as a pitching coach in the Orioles organization and his first season at Delmarva. He was pitching coach at Gulf Coast last season after spending the previous four years at Rochester. DON WERNER joins the Shorebirds as field coach after last season serving as manager of Idaho Falls, San Diego's rookie league affiliate. Werner was manager for Class A Fort Wayne in 2001 and Idaho Falls, 1997-2000. TREK SHULER returns for his second year as trainer at Delmarva and fourth in the organization.
JOE ALMARAZ returns for his second season as manager at Class A Aberdeen. He served as manager at Rookie League Bluefield in 2001 after managing three years in the Arizona Diamondbacks system. Almaraz will continue serve as an area scout and cover west Texas and coordinate the Orioles' Mexican scouting prior to the start of Aberdeen's short-season schedule in June.
DOC WATSON will be the Ironbirds pitching coach after spending the previous two seasons as pitching rehab coordinator in the Pittsburgh organization. Watson spent the last 12 years in the Pirates system, with eight of those seasons as pitching coach at their Gulf Coast affiliate. GARY KENDALL will return for his second season as coach at Aberdeen and also serve as a part-time scout. CEDRIC LANDRUM joins the Aberdeen staff as field coach after serving in the same role last season at Bluefield. JOE BENGE returns as trainer and strength and conditioning coach at Aberdeen.
At Rookie League Bluefield, ANDRE RABOUIN will be pitching coach. Most recently, he served as pitching coach of Howard University and independent Nashua of the Atlantic League, 2000-2001. Prior to that, he spent the previous four seasons as pitching coach for Class A Clinton of the Cincinnati organization. HENSLEY MEULENS will begin his coaching career on the Bluefield staff. Meulens, who played for the New York Yankees, 1989-1993, finished his career last year at Puebla of the Mexican League. JAKE RYAN joins the organization as trainer at Bluefield.
JESUS ALFARO returns for his fifth season as manager of the Gulf Coast League Orioles. Alfaro, who played professionally for 18 years, was a coach and instructor for the GCL team for four years prior to his managerial stint.
LARRY JASTER will be pitching coach for the Gulf Coast team. He has spent six seasons as a pitching coach in the organization, the last five at Frederick. JOE TANNER returns for his eighth season in the Orioles organization and his fifth at Gulf Coast. MIKE FELDER, who spent 10 seasons in the major leagues, returns for his second season in the organization after spending last year at Frederick. SPENCER ELIOTT will be the trainer at Gulf Coast.
The Orioles announced that DAVE STOCKSTILL will remain in his role of minor league field coordinator and also serve as minor league hitting coordinator. He spent eight years as hitting coordinator before being assigned to field coordinator last season. Stockstill replaced Dave Cash as manager at Bowie in the second half of last season and guided the Baysox to a 26-26 record.
DAVE SCHMIDT will return for his second season as minor league pitching coordinator. Schmidt, who begins his sixth season as a coach and instructor in the organization, spent 12 seasons in the majors, including three years (1987-89) with the Orioles. MOE DRABOWSKY also returns for his second season as Sarasota pitching coach. He has spent the last nine seasons in the Orioles organization and is in his fourth stint with the team, serving two stints as a player and two as a coach and instructor. Drabowsky played 17 years in the majors.
BIEN FIGUEROA will serve as roving minor league infield instructor, his 7th season in the Orioles organization. He worked in the same role last season prior to the start of the Appalachian League schedule in June, when he was manager at Bluefield. ANDY ETCHEBARREN was named roving minor league catching instructor after serving as manager at Rochester the past two years. Etchebarren, who played 11 = seasons with the Orioles, managed teams on four levels of the organization and worked as Birds bench coach in 1996 and 1997. JACK VOIGT was named roving minor league outfield and baserunning instructor. He was manager at Frederick last season after joining the Keys as field coach in 2001.
JAIME RODRIGUEZ returns as minor league facilities coordinator, his 30th season overseeing the grounds at the Orioles affiliates. LEN JOHNSTON enters his 27th season with the Orioles organization, returning as minor league camp coordinator for his 14th straight year along with serving as a coach at Bluefield. DAVE WALKER enters his first year as minor league medical coordinator. He has spent the last 9 years as a trainer in the Orioles organization and the last two at Rochester. PAT HEDGE will return for his 11th season as minor league strength and conditioning coordinator.