After serving one year as the Orioles' first base coach, Marv Foley will return to Triple-A Rochester as manager for the 2000 season.
Foley led the Red Wings to the International League title in 1997, the highlight of his four seasons in Rochester. He became the only manager in minor-league history to win championships in three Triple-A leagues.
The Orioles also made changes with three other teams in their farm system. Only Rookie League managers Duffy Dyer (Bluefield) and Jesus Alfaro (Gulf Coast) return to the same clubs as last season.
Dave Machemer, who went 61-85 in his only season at Rochester, has been reassigned to Single-A Frederick. Machemer has a 759-654 career record in the minors, including 81-61 at lower Single-A Delmarva in 1998.
Andy Etchebarren, who guided Frederick to a 67-71 record last season, has moved up to Double-A Bowie. Etchebarren served as the Orioles' bench coach under Davey Johnson in 1996 and '97, and as manager at Bluefield for four seasons, most recently in 1998. He has a 232-174 career managing record in the Orioles' system.
Etchebarren replaces Joe Ferguson, who was removed from the Baysox after three seasons and reassigned to Delmarva. He went 216-209 at Bowie.
Butch Davis, who went 58-80 in his only season at Delmarva, has been added to Etchebarren's coaching staff. Davis previously had managed the Gulf Coast Orioles for two years.
"We're pleased to have so many members of our player development staff returning," said farm director Tom Trebelhorn. "The continuity in our coaching and instructional staffs is very important to the process of developing our young players.
"The organization matches the coaching staffs of each of our six minor-league affiliates to the talents and needs of the players at that level. We give our players the best instruction possible to enable them to reach the next level and ultimately the major leagues at Camden Yards."
The addition of Foley is the only change to Rochester's staff, with Larry McCall returning as pitching coach and Dave Cash as field coach. Foley has compiled a 761-714 record in 11 years as a minor-league manager, including 298-270 at Rochester, where he enjoys enormous popularity. Foley was honored there before an exhibition game this summer.
Foley is taking part in an instructional program in Australia and won't return home until Dec. 13. He wasn't included on new Orioles manager Mike Hargrove's staff, which is expected to be announced within a week.
Orioles minor-league staffs for the 2000 season:
Manager: Marv Foley
Pitching coach: Larry McCall
Field coach: Dave Cash
Trainer: Al Price
Manager: Andy Etchebarren
Pitching coach: Dave Schmidt
Field coach: Butch Davis
Trainer: Dave Walker
Manager: Dave Machemer
Pitching coach: Larry Jaster
Field coach: Bien Figueroa
Trainer: P.J. Mainville
Manager: Joe Ferguson
Pitching coach: Dave Schuler
Field coach: Bobby Rodriguez
Trainer: Mark Shires
Manager: Duffy Dyer
Pitching coach: Bob Lacey
Field coach: Gary Kendall
Trainer: Tobin Jurging
Rookie-league Gulf Coast
Manager: Jesus Alfaro
Pitching coach: Moe Drabowsky
Field coach: Joe Tanner
Field coach: Jerry Greeley
Trainer: Trek Schuler
Minor-league pitching coordinator: Bo McLaughlin
Minor-league hitting coordinator: Dave Stockstill
Minor-league roving instructor: Denny Walling