Crowley, Orioles discussing change in roles
The Orioles are currently discussing an adviser/instructor type position with Terry Crowley, an arrangement that will end his long stint as the team’s hitting coach but keep him in a prominent role in the organization.
The deal has not been finalized, according to multiple sources, and the Orioles remain open to Crowley returning for his 13th straight season as Orioles’ hitting coaching and his 17th overall.
However, the club, wanting to take advantage of Crowley’s ability to evaluate hitters, has been mostly talking to the 63-year-old about a different role, one in which he will still work with both major league and minor league hitters during spring training, but also assist in scouting and evaluating potential trade, free agent or draft targets. Either way, Crowley will still factor prominently in the instruction of hitters in the organization.
A mainstay with the franchise and popular among Orioles’ hitters for his work ethic and positive reinforcement, Crowley was the subject of much criticism during the 2010 season as the team’s offense ranked 13th of 14 American League teams in runs scored.
The club’s 613 runs in 2010 was its worst output for a full season since 1988. However, for nearly two-thirds of the season, the Orioles’ lineup was without its igniter, leadoff hitter Brian Roberts. Luke Scott, Matt Wieters and Felix Pie also had stints on the disabled list.
Crowley hasn’t returned calls this week seeking comment. Orioles manager Buck Showalter and president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail also declined comment, saying only that final decisions have not been made on the 2011 coaching staff.
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