In minor leagues, O's make major managerial changes


All six of the Orioles' minor league affiliates will have new managers in 2005, with each replacement coming from within the organization.

Dave Trembley has moved up from Double-A Bowie to Triple-A Ottawa, where he takes over for Tim Leiper, who was let go after one season. Don Werner, the former field coach at Single-A Delmarva, will manage the Baysox.

Bien Figueroa was named manager at Single-A Frederick after holding the same job last season with Delmarva, where Baltimore native Gary Kendall takes over. Andy Etchebarren will manage short-season Single-A Aberdeen after serving as roving catching instructor the past two years - duties he will continue to perform until the New York-Penn League season begins in June. And Jesus Alfaro will manage Rookie-level Bluefield.

Bowie was the only affiliate to post a winning record last season. In 2003, Trembley led the Baysox to a 13 1/2 -game improvement from the previous year and was given the organization's Cal Ripken Sr. Player Development Award. He has been a minor league manager for 18 seasons.

Figueroa led Delmarva to a 69-69 record this year. Under his guidance in 2002, Bluefield went 45-23 and reached the Appalachian League finals.

In other changes, Orlando Gomez joins the organization as field coach for the Shorebirds after spending the past two years as the Seattle Mariners' bullpen coach. Dave Schmidt, who had been the roving pitching instructor, was named pitching coach at Aberdeen. Former catcher Cesar Devarez, who was with the Orioles in 1995 and '96, will serve as field coach.

Don Buford, the former Orioles farm director who managed at Aberdeen last season, turned down an offer to stay in the organization and could end up on Frank Robinson's staff with the Washington Nationals.

O's work behind scenes

It doesn't appear the Orioles intend to jump into the bidding for free-agent pitcher Pedro Martinez or outfielder J.D. Drew, and pitcher Derek Lowe seems to have moved further off the club's radar as it focuses on Carl Pavano and Brad Radke.

While other teams are grabbing headlines with signings, trades and publicized offers, the Orioles appear content to work behind the scenes. One agent predicted they'll be "followers instead of leaders" in the free-agent hunt, but they've engaged in substantive talks with representatives for Pavano and first baseman Carlos Delgado.

"There's been a lot of work done, a lot of contact with free agents and talks with agents," said Ed Kenney, director of baseball administration.

The market for first baseman Richie Sexson apparently has widened with news that he would be willing to play left field.

Minor league coaches

AAA Ottawa Lynx

Manager: Dave Trembley

Pitching coach: Steve McCatty

Field coach: Dave Cash

Trainer: P.J. Mainville

Strength/conditioning coach: Joe Hogarty

AA Bowie Baysox

Manager: Don Werner

Pitching coach: Larry McCall

Field coach: Butch Davis

Trainer: Mark Shires

Strength/conditioning coach: John Selzler

A Frederick Keys

Manager: Bien Figueroa

Pitching coach: Scott McGregor

Field coach: Moe Hill

Trainer: Trek Shuler

Strength/conditioning coach: T.D. Swinford

A Delmarva Shorebirds

Manager: Gary Kendall

Pitching coach: TBA

Field coach: Orlando Gomez

Trainer: Joe Benge

Strength/conditioning coach: TBA

A Aberdeen IronBirds

Manager: Andy Etchebarren

Pitching coach: Dave Schmidt

Field coach: Cesar Devarez

Trainer: Spencer Elliott

Field coach: Cedric Landrum

Strength/conditioning coach: TBA

Trainer: Patrick Wesley

Rookie Bluefield Orioles

Manager: Jesus Alfaro

Pitching coach: Larry Jaster

Field coach: Len Johnston

Field coach: Cedric Landrum

Trainer: Patrick Wesley

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