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11/03/2004 1:56 PM ET
Orioles name David Stockstill director of minor league operations
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David Stockstill, a member of the Orioles' minor league staff for the past 11 years, has been named Director of Minor League Operations, it was announced today by Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations Jim Beattie.

Stockstill, 47, has served as a roving hitting instructor, manager, field coordinator and hitting coordinator for the Orioles' minor league department since 1994. He was given a two-year contract.

"David Stockstill brings valuable experience in minor league instruction to our front office," said Beattie. "His hiring will continue the improvement in player development."

Stockstill played professionally for 16 years after signing with the Chicago Cubs as a free agent in 1978. He played eight seasons between the Cubs, Rangers, Giants and Expos farm systems, including three seasons at AAA Oklahoma City, before moving to the Mexican League in 1986. He then played eight seasons in Mexico, including the last 1 1/2 years as player-manager for Union Laguna, and finished with a .342 career batting average, third on the Mexican League's all-time list.

In 1994, he joined the Orioles organization as a roving hitting instructor, a position he held through 2001. The next year, he was named Minor League Field Coordinator before taking over as manager at AA Bowie for the second half of the 2002 season and leading the Baysox to a 26-26 record.

For the last two years, he held the dual role as the organization's Minor League Field and Hitting Coordinator, overseeing on-field instruction throughout the Orioles' farm system.

A native of Springfield, MO, Stockstill grew up and still resides in nearby Hurley, MO. He is a graduate of John Brown University in Arkansas, where he was a two-time NAIA All-America.

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