Providing the first official indication that new Baltimore Orioles manager Mike Hargrove will bring in one or more of his own coaches for the major league staff, the Orioles announced yesterday that first-base coach Marv Foley will return to his previous post as manager of the Class AAA Rochester Red Wings next season.
The Orioles announced Foley's move to Rochester--a team he managed for four years before joining the big league staff under manager Ray Miller last season--along with the rest of the staff assignments for their six minor league affiliates in 2000.
Five of last year's six minor league managers will return. Former Orioles catcher Andy Etchebarren will manage at Class AA Bowie; Dave Machemer at Class A Frederick; Joe Ferguson at Class A Delmarva; Duffy Dyer will manage the rookie league team in Bluefield, W. Va.; and Jesus Alfaro the rookie league team in Sarasota, Fla.
The fate of the rest of the Orioles' coaching staff remains unclear. Only third-base coach Sam Perlozzo, who interviewed for the managerial vacancy, and hitting coach Terry Crowley, who is signed through next year, seem certain to return. More up in the air are the futures of bench coach Eddie Murray, bullpen coach Elrod Hendricks and pitching coach Bruce Kison.