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November 6, 2010

Datz gone; Hoey gets 40-man call

Another one of the Orioles 2010 coaches has landed a job elsewhere.

Jeff Datz, who spent one season as the Orioles’ bench coach, has taken a job as the third base coach for the Seattle Mariners, according to published reports out of Seattle.

Datz had been rumored to be heading to Seattle since the Mariners hired manager Eric Wedge, who was the manager of the Cleveland Indians while Datz was third base and bench coach for the Indians.

Former major leaguer Robby Thompson will be Wedge’s bench coach in Seattle.

Datz, 50, is the second coach from the 2010 staff to leave the organization after not having his contract extended this month.

Earlier this week it was announced that former Orioles’ pitching coach Rick Kranitz had taken a minor league pitching coordinator job with the Houston Astros. Former hitting coach Terry Crowley will remain in the Orioles’ organization as a hitting evaluator.

Gary Allenson (third base coach) and Alan Dunn (bullpen coach) have been offered minor league jobs with the Orioles’ organization as well. First base coach John Shelby said earlier this week that he is canvassing contacts in the majors to find another coaching position.

The Orioles also made a personnel move Saturday, adding pitcher Jim Hoey to their 40-man roster. Hoey, 27, pitched for the Orioles in 2006 and 2007, but a shoulder injury cost him all of 2008. He pitched in 36 games, all in relief, in 2009 and then had a strong year in 2010.

This season, he was 2-0 with a 3.16 ERA in 24 relief appearances for Double-A Bowie and then went 4-0 with a 3.38 ERA in 18 relief appearances for Triple-A Norfolk. Hoey was a 13th round selection of the Orioles in 2003. In 2006, he won the organization’s Jim Palmer Prize for top minor league pitcher.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 8:14 PM | | Comments (6)


IT is good to hear Hoey is healthy again and Berken, my biggest concern is not improving enough in our pursuit of 1B-3B bats.. WE need Beltre,Konerko,Dunn, or Fielder type power.. Lee, Martinez, and Berkman are small improvement over atkins.. We need the kind of bats Feared and to be avoided in the other clubhouse in pre game talks. Reynolds 3B ala SO/or HR and Wright NYM.. Other than LEE spend pitching money on uhara or webb or bedard if they are healthy their upside is as high as anyone we are likely to get. JUST please Andy don't skimp on our bats we need.. CONSIDER a preemptive first strike with a big offer out of the shute to Beltre and Konerko.

I agree with Grant's comment, we should do something early on, not wait again to see what's left. Especially now that fan interest is higher than it's been for many years!!
I'm actually looking for "Oriole" news during "Raven" time.
Go O's

Dan, is it kind of revealing that Shelby is the only coach not offered a job in the system or hired by another team yet? Or just coincidence?

And if you would, please just publish this comment, and disregard one that may have gotten through before this.

A big no to any of the free agents. Trade for Billy Butler.

Imagine Beltre and Martinez as the only changes to the lineup and I think this would be a team to be feared. Konerko isn't leaving Chitown. He would be my first choice, but it's not happening. Beltre is a longshot too, but he may have had a change of heart after seeing the new pitching and Bucks arrival as well.


That's a very nice idea, trading for Billy Butler. Umm there is one little problem though. If we don't sign any of the free agents. Who exactly would we trade in order to get Billy Butler. And when the void is created because of this trade. How could we replace this player if we do nothing in the free agent market?
It's not possible to get Butler without diving into free agency. Just tell the barkeep to keep sending the "AM Kool Aid" your way!

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.

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