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Minor coaching matters

The Orioles announced their minor league and international coaching assignments today, as well as some new scouting hires and promotions. Here's a quick rundown:

Norfolk Tides: Gary Allenson returns as manager. Mike Griffin moves up from Bowie to be the pitching coach. Dallas Williams returns as field coach.

Bowie BaySox: Brad Komminsk returns as manager. Larry McCall will serve as pitching coach. Moe Hill returns as field coach.

Frederick Keys: Richie Hebner returns as manager. J.D. Cannon returns as field coach. Kennie Steenstra moves up from Delmarva to serve as pitching coach.

Delmarva Shorebirds: Orlando Gomez will manage the club. Blaine Beatty will move over from Frederick to be the pitching coach. Ryan Minor will return as field coach.

Aberdeen Ironbirds: Gary Kendall will be back as manager. Scott McGregor will return as pitching coach. Cesar Devarez and Jesus Alfaro will be the field and bench coaches.

Bluefield O's: Einar Diaz will manage the rookie-level club. Troy Mattes will return as pitching coach and Jim Saul will return as field coach.

Gulf Coast O's: Ramon Sambo will manage the club and former O's pitcher Calvin Maduro will serve as pitching coach.

Dominican Summer League: The O's Dominican team will be managed by Miguel Jabalera. Robert Perez and Dionis Pascual will serve as pitching coaches. Benny Adames, Ramon Lubo and Francis Nunez will be the field coaches.

Minor league coordinators and instructors: Brian Graham returns as coordinator of instruction for the minor league system and Dave Schmidt is back as minor league pitching coordinator. Larry Jaster returns as minor league pitching coordinator for Florida operations and Julio Vinas returns for his fifth season as minor league hitting coordinator. The club's three roving instructors will again be Don Werner (catching), Butch Davis (outfield and baserunning), Denny Walling (hitting) and Alex Arias (infield). Len Johnston returns for his 18th year as minor league camp coordinator. Dave Walker returns as minor league medical coordinator. Joe Hogarty returns for his second year as minor league strength and conditioning coordinator. Jaime Rodriguez is back for his 36th season as minor league facilities coordinator. And the O's have added Manny Lopez as Latin American medical coordinator.

Scouting update: The Orioles have named Jim Thrift the club's new major league advance scout. Jim is the son of former O's GM Syd Thrift and has spent the last 15 years in the Cincinnati Reds organization. The O's also named former Cleveland Indians scout Matt Ruebel as the new national crosschecker and added Bobby Myrick to the professional scouting staff.

In addition, long-time O's scout Dean Albany has been promoted from amateur scout to regional crosschecker and the club has added Bob Szymkowski and Adrian Dorsey to their amateur scouting staff.

Last but not least, Tim Norris, Harvey Shapiro and Anibal Zayas have joined the team as part-time scouts.

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