The Orioles have hired former Texas Rangers first base coach Dave Anderson as their new minor league infield instructor, the club announced Wednesday.
Anderson will replace Matt Martin, who was in the role for just one season and was not retained for 2014.
Anderson served as the Rangers' first-base coach last season, and he was the club’s third-base coach for four seasons prior to that. He was also Texas' major league infield coach. His contract was not renewed by the Rangers at the end of the 2013 season.
"It's a tremendous addition," Orioles player development director Brian Graham said. "We've added a guy who was a good big-league player, a good big-league coach. He has experience managing in the minor leagues. Most important, he's a really good instructor. He was excited about the opportunity. He was excited about coming to the Orioles. He was excited about having the opportunity to coach in the position and work with players. ... Once you meet him and talk to him, you're even more impressed. He's a real professional."
Even though Anderson's title is infield instructor, he will fulfill all duties an infield coordinator would, including teaching the organizational philosophy and coordinating the instruction of all infielders in the organization all the way down to the Latin American programs.
With the additions of Anderson and new hitting coordinator Jeff Manto, the Orioles bring in two experienced coaches with major league experience to work within the minor league system. Manto, a former Orioles third baseman, was a major league hitting coach for the Chicago White Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates.
"Adding him and Jeff Manto to the mix really makes us a better organization all around," Graham said. "We're really happy. The impact they're going to have on our young players is going to be tremendous."
A former shortstop and third baseman with the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, Anderson was a member of the Dodgers’ 1988 World Series title team.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun