The Orioles today announced the coaching staffs for their seven minor league affiliates for the 2011 season.
Gary Allenson returns for his sixth season in the organization. He will manage Triple-A Norfolk for the fifth season after guiding the Tides to a 24-31 record in the first two months of the 2010 season. Allenson was promoted to Baltimore to serve as third base coach for the remainder of the season on June 4, 2010. Mike Griffin, who pitched for the 1987 Orioles, will serve as pitching coach for the fourth consecutive season in the organization and second straight season in Norfolk. Griffin was named the winner of the Cal Ripken Sr. Player Development Award for the second consecutive season in 2010. After four seasons managing at Double-A Bowie, Brad Komminsk will serve as hitting coach for the Tides in 2011. Mark Shires enters his 12th year as an athletic trainer in the Orioles’ system and his fifth year at Norfolk.
Gary Kendall will make the jump to Double-A Bowie to manage the Baysox after three years of managing at short-season Aberdeen. 2011 will be Kendall’s 12th season in the organization and eighth season as a manager. Joining Kendall in Bowie will be field coach Denny Hocking, who moves to Bowie after one year with Class-A Frederick. 2011 will be Hocking’s second year in the organization. Hocking will share field coaching duties with Einar Diaz, who is in his fourth year with the Orioles and spent the last two years as Manager at Rookie-level Bluefield. Kennie Steenstra enters his second year as Bowie’s pitching coach and his seventh season as a pitching coach in the organization. Aaron Scott, in his ninth season in the organization, will serve as the Athletic Trainer for the Baysox after three seasons with Class-A Delmarva.
Orlando Gomez will return to manage Class-A Frederick for the second consecutive year. 2011 will be Gomez’s seventh season in the organization and fifth as a manager. Blaine Beatty returns for his fifth season as pitching coach for the Keys. Former Orioles outfielder Mike Devereaux enters his second year in the organization and his first as a field coach for the Keys. Pat Wesley begins his eighth full season as an athletic trainer in the Orioles’ organization and third with Frederick.
Class-A Delmarva will again be managed by Ryan Minor, who enters his second year as manager of the Shorebirds after two seasons as their hitting coach. Troy Mattes begins his second year as pitching coach at Delmarva and his fifth year in the organization. Former major leaguer Jose Hernandez will serve as field coach for the Shorebirds after serving as field coach for the Gulf Coast Orioles in 2010. Will Lawhorn enters his first year in Delmarva after two years as Athletic Trainer with the Gulf Coast Orioles.
Scott McGregor will return to Aberdeen as pitching coach for a fourth straight season, his 10th overall. Cesar Devarez enters his seventh season as field coach with Aberdeen and will be joined on the bench in 2011 by Moe Hill, who is in his ninth year in the Orioles organization and spent the last five years as field coach at Bowie. The manager of the IronBirds will be announced at a later date. Trek Schuler begins his 12th season as an athletic trainer in the Orioles organization and his third in Aberdeen.
Ramon Sambo returns for his fifth season as a manager in the organization and his fourth season managing the Gulf Coast League Orioles (also 2007, 2009-2010). Larry Jaster, who is in his 15th year in the organization, takes over as pitching coach after serving the last three years as the Pitching Coordinator for Florida Operations. MILT MAY returns for his second season as a field coach for the Gulf Coast League club and will be joined by Leo Gomez, who enters his third year in the organization and second season (also 2009) as a field coach for Gulf Coast. Manny Lopez will serve as the athletic trainer for the Gulf Coast Orioles.
Miguel Jabalera will manage the Orioles’ entry in the Dominican Summer League and will be assisted by pitching coaches Robert Perez and Dionis Pascual and field coaches Benny Adames, Ruben Francisco and Elvis Morel. Jose Miguel Rosario and Ludovino Alonzo Marte will serve as Athletic Trainers for the DSL club.
Brian Graham returns for his fifth season as the Orioles’ Coordinator of Minor League Instruction. Alan Dunn who served the previous three seasons as the major league Bullpen Coach, assumes the role of Minor League Pitching Coordinator in 2011. Dave Schmidt, in his 14th season in the organization, will serve as the Coordinator of Sarasota Operations for the Orioles after six seasons (2002-2004, 2008-2010) as Minor League Pitching Coordinator. Felipe Alou, Jr. returns for his fourth year as Dominican Republic Coordinator.
Former Oriole infielder Mike Bordick returns as the minor league offensive instructor and Don Werner (catching), Butch Davis and Denny Walling (hitting) all return as roving instructors. Bobby Dickerson returns to coordinate minor league infield instruction.
Len Johnston enters his 35th season with the Orioles organization, serving as the Administrator for Sarasota Operations. Dave Walker will begin his ninth year as Minor League Medical Coordinator and 18th season in the Orioles’ farm system. Manny Lopez returns as the Latin American Medical Coordinator, and Jake Parker will enter his second season as Minor League Equipment Manager.