In Quinn, the Orioles saw an articulate hitting instructor who has worked with a variety of players of different ages and abilities. The Orioles believe his major league experience as a player will help and the team was also impressed with his feel for video and statistical evaluation.
As a player, Quinn batted .282/.324/.481 in four seasons with the Royals. His best season came in 2000, when he finished third in the American League Rookie of the Year voting after hitting .294/.342/.488 with 20 homers and 78 RBIs. After his time with the Royals, Quinn also played in the San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays, St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox minor league systems, mostly at the Triple-A level, before retiring in 2007.
Quinn became the third player in major league history to hit two homers in his major league debut on Sept. 14, 1999, joining Bob Nieman (1951) and Bert Campaneris (1964). He was known as a free swinger as a player – he walked just 56 times in 1,166 career big league plate appearances.
Quinn, 41, is expected to attend next week's minicamp in Sarasota, Fla., to get a glimpse of the club's spring training facility and meet with some organizational staff there.
The hiring of Quinn was first reported by MASNsports.com.