After a couple months of speculation and negotiation, the Orioles have announced their coaching staff.
DeMarlo Hale, the former Boston Red Sox bench and third base coach, will be joining the Orioles as third base coach and infield instructor, and Bill Castro, the longtime Milwaukee Brewers instructor, will be the Orioles’ new bullpen coach.
Hale, 50, was on Orioles manager Buck Showalter’s coaching staff in Texas from 2003 to 2005. A former first baseman-outfielder in the minors, Hale has spent the past six seasons as a coach for the Red Sox, including four as a third base coach.
“He is a really solid baseball guy, and he is capable of doing a lot of things,” Showalter said. “He’s an experienced third base coach in the American League East. He has been a bench coach [in Boston]. He has a really good knowledge of the American League and the American League East, and that’s something we were looking for.”
Hale was Showalter’s first choice at third base, but he had a year left on his contract with the Red Sox when manager Terry Francona was fired. Hale needed to wait until Boston hired a new manager so he could negotiate out of his deal, which he has.
Showalter wanted an experienced third base coach to replace Willie Randolph, and Hale fits that requirement. Long considered a future manager, Hale likely would have been a candidate for the Orioles’ managerial job this offseason if Showalter had moved to the front office. If it hadn’t been Hale, Showalter was considering moving Wayne Kirby from first base coach to third.
“I think Kirby could have done it, but I don’t want to keep thinking about it,” Showalter said. “I wanted to have a little more proven commodity, and having some familiarity with him is exciting. This is a solid, good baseball man.”
Castro, 59, spent 10 seasons as a major league pitcher, almost all as a reliever, with the Brewers, New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals. He spent nearly two decades as a bullpen coach and, at times, a pitching coach with the Brewers.
“He is a good bullpen coach,” Showalter said. “I think you’d have to look real hard to find a more experienced bullpen coach than him. He has done this for a number of years and is very well respected in the bullpen.”
A native of the Dominican Republic, Castro would be the Orioles’ lone Spanish-speaking coach.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun