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.