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Orioles hire Jeff Manto as new minor league hitting coordinator

The Orioles have hired Jeff Manto -- who played third base for the Orioles in 1995 -- to be the organization's new minor league hitting coordinator, the club announced Tuesday.

For the past two seasons, Manto was the hitting coach for the Chicago White Sox.  

Manto will replace Mike Boulanger, who will move to a role in the organization’s amateur and pro scouting department by his owen choice.

Manto, who played parts of nine major league seasons with eight different teams, had his best year in 1995 with the Orioles, hitting .256/.325/.492 with 17 home runs and 37 RBIs in 254 at-bats. In 1995, Manto also tied a major league record by hitting homers in four consecutive official at-bats on June 8-10.

Manto was relieved of his duties in Chicago after the White Sox finished last in the AL in runs scored, but he brings an impressive resume in terms of player development within the Pirates and White Sox organizations.

"He's as good as it gets in baseball," said Orioles player development director Brian Graham. "Jeff Manto knows hitting. He's as good as it gets on mechanics and even better than that on the mental side."

In looking to finalize their development staff for next season, the Orioles are also looking to hire a new minor league infield coordinator to replace Matt Martin, who has not been retained for 2014 after just one year in the organization.

Martin held the role for just one season, replacing Bobby Dickerson, who was promoted to become the Orioles third-base coach for 2013. Martin was also the Orioles' minor league infield coordinator in 2004.

The Orioles are looking to fill the position quickly and are considering both internal and external candidates.

Before the Orioles hired Martin to be infield coordinator, he was the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Arizona League rookie-level club and had served as the Dodgers’ minor league infield coordinator from 2007 to 2011.

Scott McGregor is considered an internal candidate for the Orioles' bullpen coach open bullpen coach job -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter has said new pitching coach Dave Wallace will ultimately make that hire -- but McGregor is still officially under contract as rehab pitching coordinator through the end of the calendar year.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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