While Orioles manager Buck Showalter and president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail met for about 2 1/2 hours yesterday with owner Peter Angelos in his downtown law office, the next important get together will be the first week of November, when MacPhail will preside over organizational meetings in Phoenix. The Orioles opted against having organizational meetings last year, but MacPhail felt it was important to have them this offseason. These meetings will include Showalter, his coaching staff, the front office and all the organization's scouts.
In case you missed this from my article talking about Terry Crowley's potential role change, I think it's likely that the Orioles will hire an experienced candidate to replace Crowley as hitting coach. I point this out only because former Orioles B.J. Surhoff, Mike Bordick and Brady Anderson have all been mentioned as potential replacements for Crowley. While I expect all of them to have a role in the organization in 2011, I'd be surprised if it were as the big league hitting coach. The Orioles let go two amateur scouts on Joe Jordan's staff and added three. Those added were Brandon Verley, a former Florida Marlins farmhand who will scout in the Northwest; Scott Walter, a former player and coach for Loyola Marymount who will be based in California; and Arthur McConnehead, who was formerly in the St. Louis Cardinals' organization and will scout in Georgia. The two scouts let go were Mike Tullier, who was based in Louisiana; and Gil Kubski, who scouted in Central California and Hawaii.
The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Tommy Thompson is expected to become the manager of Kannapolis, the White Sox's Low-A team. Thompson, you might recall, was the manager for Single-A Frederick before he was granted a leave of absence for personal reasons about a month and a half into the 2008 season. Thompson never returned as manager. The season before, he had guided the Keys to the playoffs and was the recipient of the organization's Cal Ripken Sr. award for player development. The Tribune also reported that Pete Rose Jr. is expected to be named the manager of Rookie-level Bristol, the White Sox's affiliate in the Appalachian League.
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