Mark Quinn and Brady Anderson have a long association. The new Orioles assistant hitting coach met Quinn, who was officially named to the position on Thursday when both were playing in the majors.
Anderson approached Quinn before a game, and later the two played together with Portland in the San Diego organization in 2003.
The Orioles vice president of baseball operations reached out to Quinn when there was an opening.
Quinn first experienced Anderson’s thirst for working out after they played in the minors.
“I had no idea what I was getting into. Brady Anderson knows more about the human body and training, diet than any person I’ve ever met and ever talked to,” Quinn said.
“I felt like I got around a guru…somebody who knows more than anybody in the business.”
The 41-year-old Quinn hit .282 in four major league seasons with Kansas City from 1999-2002. His big league career ended abruptly because of a hamstring injury.
“My body just gave out on me,” Quinn said. “I’ve learned so much about hitting since I finished my professional career.”
For the last eight years, Quinn has been running a hitting school in Houston. He wasn’t sure he wanted to leave his business.
“I didn’t know what a professional coaching career entailed,” Quinn said. “I wanted to get around guys who wanted to be the best at their craft. I think I can help.”
He’s noticed that baseball is different than it was when he played.
“The game has changed a little bit. There’s a lot more on the analytical side, more video, advanced scouting. I would love to dive into that and see where I can help.”
“I’ve learned how to approach failure a little bit better,” Quinn said.
Quinn replaces Einar Diaz, who was named Major League coach. Diaz spent the last three seasons as assistant hitting coach.
The Orioles officially announced that the rest of their coaching staff will return. First base coach Wayne Kirby and bench coach John Russell will begin their sixth seasons. Bobby Dickerson (third base) is in his fourth season. Pitching coach Dave Wallace and bullpen coach Dom Chiti start their third season and hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh is in his second season.