BALTIMORE – Manager Buck Showalter said he’s pleased with his coaching staff and hopes that it remains intact for 2017. Showalter said that he hasn’t talked with Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette about the composition of next year’s staff.
“If we were contemplating anything, we would have talked about it,” Showalter said.
“I’m very happy with our coaching staff. I think it’s one of our real assets here and the continuity of it. They may have some decisions in there, too. Everybody’s in a different place in their life.”
Bench coach John Russell and first base coach Wayne Kirby have been with Showalter for six seasons. Bobby Dickerson (third base) is finishing his fourth year, Dave Wallace (pitching) and Dom Chiti (bullpen) have been with the Orioles three years and hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh is finishing his second year.
Wallace has had to leave the team several times for family reasons, and Showalter would definitely like to have him return.
“We’ll talk about it at the end of the year. His whole focus is here every day, and he’s in constant communication when he does have to be gone. He, like all of us, has some challenges. Dave’s always going to have his priorities in the right place. We’re lucky to have him.”
NOTES: LHP Jayson Aquino, who had been sidelined for a few days with a viral infection, has been cleared to pitch. … Wade Miley, who is starting tonight, may not go home after Sunday’s game to be with his expectant wife. Miley’s wife isn’t due until Oct. 7, but it was expected that he would leave after Sunday. … Showalter says that he has a few candidates to pitch Thursday’s game in Toronto.
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