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Orioles looking for replacement for Hale at third base


Orioles looking for replacement for Hale at third base

Six weeks ago after the Orioles season ended, manager Buck Showalter lauded his coaching staff, saying it was the best staff he had ever had. He was confident that all six coaches would be back.

Now, it appears that five will be back, but one won’t. Reportedly, third base coach DeMarlo Hale will soon sign a three-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays to become John Gibbons’ bench coach.

Showalter badly wanted Hale back, but he also had been busily promoting him as a managerial candidate.

A three-year contract is most unusual for coaches, and it’s something the Orioles couldn’t offer. Showalter is signed only through next season, and even if he receives a two-year extension, which could come before the end of the year, Hale wouldn’t get a three-year deal.

Hale’s work with the Orioles was widely lauded. He worked well with advance scout Ben Werthan on positioning infield defense. If Toronto’s defense and record improves, it puts the long-deserving Hale in position for a managerial job next winter.

Gibbons hasn’t always been popular with his players, and if his tenure is a short one, then maybe Hale succeeds him.

It’s time for the annual Orioles coaching search. Whoever succeeds Hale will be Showalter’s fifth third base coach since Aug. 2010.

Gary Allenson was coaching third then. He replaced Juan Samuel, who managed for two months before Showalter arrived.

Showalter wanted to replace the entire coaching staff after 2010 and bring in his own people. The Orioles did talk with Samuel about returning, but couldn’t come to terms with him.

John Russell was hired instead, but by June, he had been moved to the bench and Willie Randolph was moved to third base. Russell made some questionable calls, and the move was attributed to a knee injury.

Randolph wanted to be in the dugout, chafed at his role and wasn’t retained. Hale, who had worked with Showalter in Texas, replaced him.

The logical move for the Orioles is to replace Hale with Norfolk manager Ron Johnson. His work with an ever-changing team was widely praised, and he’s been a major league coach before. Johnson and Hale worked together in Boston under Terry Francona.

After last season, Showalter toyed with the idea of moving first base coach Wayne Kirby to third base. He could consider that again and bring in Johnson or another organizational favorite, Bobby Dickerson, who has filled in as Orioles bullpen coach. Dickerson, a roving minor league instructor, traveled with the team late last season.

Predicting Showalter coaches is often a tricky exercise. When he was selecting a new staff two years ago, the betting was that he would bring in Brian Butterfield as third base coach, Don Wakamatsu as bench coach and Mark Connor to be pitching coach.

Butterfield and Wakamatsu didn’t come. Connor did, but abruptly left in June. Bullpen coach Rick Adair replaced Connor as pitching. Adair remains though the Orioles have not officially announced that they’ve retained either him or hitting coach Jim Presley.

Hale will replace Wakamatsu as bench coach in Toronto. Butterfield has moved on to Boston. Wakamatsu could be coming to Baltimore, but his experience is working with catchers, not infielders. Russell has done a fine job with Matt Wieters.

The Orioles could consider Mike Bordick. He worked with the infielders last season, sometimes before broadcasting games. The downside is that Bordick has no major league coaching experience.

There are a number of experienced third base coaches looking for work. Larry Bowa, a former major league manager, who interviewed in Houston, and is currently working for the MLB Network and longtime Orioles coach and one-time manager Sam Perlozzo, who was let go by Philadelphia, are available, as is Pete Mackanin, who coached with Perlozzo with the Phillies. Mackanin briefly managed Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.




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Trey Mancini, the Orioles' lone bright spot, exits game after getting drilled with 92 MPH fastball

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Trey Mancini, the Orioles' lone bright spot, exits game after getting drilled with 92 MPH fastball

Trey Mancini, the Orioles' only hope at an All-Star, exited Baltimore's matinee against Oakland in the top of the first on Wednesday, after he was struck on the left elbow by a 92-mph fastball from the Athletics' starter Chris Bassitt.

Baltimore's Chris Davis pinch-ran for Mancini, who left the game almsot immediately after being hit. 

Baltimore announced on Twitter that Mancini exited the game with a left elbow contusion. 

Mancini, the Orioles' first baseman and outfielder, was a bright spot in a rather lackluster Baltimore lineup.

The only Oriole with a real chance at an All-Star selection, Mancini is batting .304 in 70 games and leads Baltimore with 84 hits, 18 doubles and 16 homers.

The 27 year-old also has one of the highest slugging percentages on the Orioles (.558).

Fans reacted with anguish on Twitter after Mancini exited the game.


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Orioles Roundup: Dwight Smith Jr. hitless in first rehab assignment

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Orioles Roundup: Dwight Smith Jr. hitless in first rehab assignment

The Orioles gave up six home runs in Tuesday night’s 16-2 loss to the Athletics in Oakland. Here are the latest news and notes.

Player Notes: 

  • In his first rehab game with Triple-A Norfolk, Dwight Smith Jr. (concussion) was hitless in four at-bats with two strikeouts and groundouts each. Smith Jr. played all 8.5 innings of Norfolk’s loss to the RailRiders.

  • In 5 and ⅓ innings pitched against Oakland Tuesday night, Gabriel Ynoa gave up seven hits and six runs (three home runs). He surfaces with a 5.65 ERA in five starts and nine relief appearances.

  • Rio Ruiz has sunk from starting third baseman to potential DFA candidate. Ruiz went 0-for-3 against the A’s on Tuesday and has gone 9-for-58 in nearly one month (since May 21).


  • RHP Josh Lucas (shoulder): 10-day IL, out indefinitely

  • OF Dwight Smith Jr. (concussion): 7-day IL, set to return June 20

  • OF DJ Stewart (ankle): 10-day IL, out indefinitely

  • SP Alex Cobb (back): 60-day IL, returns in 2020

  • SP Nate Karns (arm): 60-day IL, out indefinitely

  • DH Mark Trumbo (knee): 60-day IL, out indefinitely

Coming Up: 

Wednesday, 6/19: Orioles @ Athletics, 3:37 p.m. ET, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Thursday, 6/20: Orioles @ Mariners, 10:10 p.m. ET, T-Mobile Park

Friday, 6/21: Orioles @ Mariners, 10:10 p.m. ET, T-Mobile Park

Source: Rotoworld