I'm giving the Orioles major props for welcoming back Gary Allenson to the farm system. Allenson has been named manager of Rookie-level Bluefield after spending last season managing Double-A Carolina in the Marlins' organization. He was Triple-A Ottawa's manager in 2003, when the Lynx endured some serious roster turnover, going through players like Jennifer Lopez went through engagements, to post a 79-65 record and qualify for the International League playoffs. He was extremely upset that the Orioles didn't interview him for their managing job that went to Lee Mazzilli. The Sun projected him as one of the likely candidates, along with Willie Randolph.
Allenson was believed to have a shot at the Red Sox job that went to Terry Francona. He ended up as a catching instructor in the Reds' organization - an important role, but a real waste of his talent. This guy can manage. And he commands respect. He sets firm rules, and everyone is expected to abide by them. At least, that's the impression I got when I visited him in Richmond, Va., during the Lynx's series against the Braves. He cut short an interview so he could hit fungos, and he rarely took his eyes off the field while we spoke in the dugout. The man was extremely cooperative, but he was all business. I could see him running a major league team someday. I hope somebody eventually gives him a shot.
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