The Orioles have unveiled their coaching staff for the 2019 season under new manager Brandon Hyde and it includes one holdover from last summer.
Howie Clark returns as assistant hitting coach after the Orioles offered him a minor league contract following the expiration of his previous deal on Oct. 31. He’ll work with new hitting coach Don Long, who spent the past five seasons with the Reds and replaces Scott Coolbaugh.
Tim Cossins has been named major league field coordinator and catching instructor. John Russell handled the later duties while also holding the title of bench coach.
No one on the staff is working as bench coach this season, though Cossins could be used in a similar capacity.
Doug Brocail, formerly with the Rangers, replaces pitching coach Roger McDowell. José Flores is the new third base coach and infield instructor, taking over for Bobby Dickerson, who joined the Phillies as an infield coach. Arnie Beyeler is responsible for coaching first base and working with the outfielders, duties formerly held by Wayne Kirby.
Former minor league pitching coordinator John Wasdin is replacing Alan Mills as bullpen coach. Mills received a minor league contract after the season.
Chris Holt is the new minor league pitching coordinator.
José Hernández has been promoted from Triple-A Norfolk to serve as a major league coach. He takes the spot formerly held by Einar Díaz.
Here are the bios as supplied by the Orioles in a news release:
* Beyeler, 54, spent the past three seasons as manager of the Miami Marlins’ Triple-A club in New Orleans. This year marks his 28th season as a manager, coach or scout. Beyeler served three seasons (2013-15) as first base coach and outfield instructor for the Boston Red Sox. He spent nine seasons as a manager in the Red Sox organization, guiding short-season Single-A Lowell (2000-01), Single-A Augusta (2002), Double-A Portland (2007-10) and Triple-A Pawtucket (2011-12) to a combined 585-553 (.514) record and four playoff appearances. In 2006, he served as hitting coach for the San Diego Padres’ Double-A Mobile affiliate and worked as a coach for the West Oahu CaneFires in the Hawaiian Winter Baseball League following that season. Beyeler also managed the Texas Rangers’ California League affiliate in Stockton (2003-04) and Bakersfield (2005), spent three years in the New York Yankees system as a hitting and infield coach for Triple-A Columbus (1997) and Double-A Norwich (1998-99), and worked as a Florida area scout for the Detroit Tigers from 1992-96. The Moab, Utah, native signed with the Detroit Tigers organization in 1986 and spent six seasons in their minor league system, reaching the Triple-A level in 1991.
* Brocail, 51, spent the past three seasons as pitching coach for the Texas Rangers, his second stint as a major league pitching coach. Prior to joining the Rangers, Brocail spent six seasons in the Houston Astros organization. His first post-playing career position came in 2010-11, when he served as a special assistant to the general manager for the Astros. Brocail served as pitching coach for the Astros from June 2011 through 2013 before being named special assistant to the general manager and senior pitching advisor prior to the 2014 campaign. Brocail then held the post of pitching coach for Double-A Corpus Christi for most of 2014 and 2015. The Clearfield, Pa., native was selected in the first round (No. 12 overall) of the 1986 First-Year Player Draft by the San Diego Padres. He played for parts of 15 seasons in the major leagues, compiling a 52-48 record with a 4.00 ERA (391 ER/880.0 IP) in 626 career games.
* Cossins, 48, spent the past six seasons as the minor league field/catching coordinator with the Chicago Cubs. This year marks his 18th season as manager, coach or bullpen catcher. Cossins began his coaching career with the Sonoma County Crushers of the Independent Western League in 2000 before joining the Kansas City Royals as a bullpen catcher. He spent 10 years in the Florida Marlins organization, including three seasons as manager of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League club (2003-04, 2007), two years as manager of their Single-A Florida State League team (2005-06) and six years as their minor league field/catching coordinator. The Sonoma, Calif., native was selected in the 16th round of the 1993 First-Year Player Draft by the Texas Rangers. He spent seven seasons in the minor leagues as a catcher.
* Flores, 48, spent the 2018 season as first base coach of the Philadelphia Phillies while also serving as the infield/baserunning instructor after spending 2013-17 as the minor league infield coordinator for the Chicago Cubs. This year marks his 19th season as a coach or manager. Flores began his coaching career as a coach in the Puerto Rico Winter League for 10 years. He managed the Cidra Braves of the Puerto Rico Baseball Federation from 2004-11 where the team won four national titles (2005-06 and 2008-09) and was named Manager of the Year in 2005. Flores spent the 2008 season as manager of the Cleveland Indians’ Rookie-level Dominican Summer League team and also managed the Puerto Rico National Baseball Team for two seasons from 2011-12. The Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, native was selected in the 34th round of the 1989 First-Year Player Draft by the Houston Astros. He spent five seasons in the Astros minor league system.
* Hernández, 49, joins the major league staff and begins his 10th season in the Orioles organization. He spent the past six seasons with Triple-A Norfolk and one year each with the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Orioles (2010), Single-A Delmarva (2011) and advanced Single-A Frederick (2012). The Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, native spent 15 seasons in the major leagues, after signing as an undrafted free agent with the Texas Rangers in 1987. He played in 1,587 major league games and was selected as a National League All-Star while with Milwaukee in 2002. His 168 career home runs are the 17th-most in baseball history by a Puerto Rican-born player.
* Long, 56, spent the past five seasons as the hitting coach for the Cincinnati Reds. This year marks his 33rd season as a coach or manager. Long began his coaching career as head coach of Seattle (Wash.) University for one season before joining the California Angels organization as the hitting coach for Single-A Quad Cities in 1987. He spent 12 years in the Angels organization, including 11 seasons as a manager in their system with Single-A Bend (1988-89), Single-A Quad Cities (1990), Double-A Midland (1991-93, 1998), Triple-A Vancouver (1994-96) and Single-A Lake Elsinore (1997). He was voted his league’s Manager of the Year three times during this span. Long was a roving hitting instructor for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1999 before serving as the Phillies’ minor league hitting coordinator from 2000-07. He spent 2008-10 with the Pittsburgh Pirates as hitting coach and served 2011-13 as minor league hitting coordinator for the Atlanta Braves. The Bremerton, Wash., native was selected in the third round of the 1983 First-Year Player Draft by the San Francisco Giants. He played three seasons in the Giants farm system.
* Wasdin, 46, begins his third season with the Orioles organization after spending the last two seasons (2017-18) as minor league pitching coordinator. Prior to joining the O’s, he spent the previous six seasons as a pitching coach in the Oakland Athletics organization, including stints with Double-A Midland (2015-16), advanced Single-A Stockton (2014), Single-A Beloit (2013), Single-A Burlington (2012) and short-season Single-A Vermont (2011). The Fort Belvoir, Va., native was selected in the first round (No. 25 overall) of the 1993 First-Year Player Draft by the Oakland Athletics. He spent parts of 12 seasons in the majors, going 39-39 with a 5.28 ERA (465 ER/793.1 IP) in 328 games (65 starts). He appeared in 26 games for the Orioles in 2001, going 1-1 with a 4.17 ERA (23 ER/49.2 IP).
* Clark, 44, returns for this third season as assistant hitting coach and his fifth year as a coach in the Orioles organization. He previously served as hitting coach at both Double-A Bowie (2016) and Single-A Delmarva (2015). The San Diego, Calif., native was selected in the 27th round of the 1992 First-Year Player Draft by the Orioles. He played 18 professional seasons and played in 134 major league games. He spent parts of the 2002 and 2006 seasons with the Orioles, including making his major league debut.