The Orioles' top affiliate will have a new manager in 2012.
Ron Johnson, a long-time minor-league skipper who spent the past two seasons as first base coach for the Boston Red Sox, is expected to take over as the manager of the Norfolk Tides, the Orioles' Triple-A affiliate.
Gary Allenson, who managed the Tides for parts of the past five seasons, likely will be re-assigned within the organization.
Johnson, 55, was the manager of Triple-A Pawtucket, the Red Sox top affiliate, from 2005 to 2009 and led the PawSox to a playoff berth in 2008. He first joined the Boston organization as a minor-league manager in 2000 – while new Orioles' executive vice president Dan Duquette was GM of the Red Sox.
Johnson has spent much of his career in the Kansas City Royals organization, which drafted him in 1978. He played parts of three seasons in the big leagues primarily as a first baseman with the Royals and Montreal Expos. He then coached and managed in the Royals' minor league system before heading to the Red Sox organization.
He is the father of Houston Astros' infielder Chris Johnson.