Wayne Kirby agrees to be Orioles' first base/outfield coach
The Orioles are inching closer to completing their 2011 coaching staff after coming to terms with former big leaguer Wayne Kirby to be the club’s first base coach and outfield instructor.
According to an industry source, Kirby joins hitting coach Jim Presley and bullpen coach Rick Adair as done deals on Buck Showalter’s staff for next year. The club is still in discussion with Mark Connor (pitching coach) and Juan Samuel (third base/outfielders) and has not officially reached agreements with either, the source said.
Former Seattle Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu is considered the leading candidate to be Showalter’s bench coach, but there is still a possibility he could be hired this offseason as a big league manager. The New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates have not yet named new skippers.
Kirby, 46, has never coached in the majors but played professionally for 18 seasons, including eight in the big leagues for the Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets. He has spent the past five seasons as the minor league outfield/base-running coordinator for the Texas Rangers after four seasons in the Indians’ player development system.
When Kirby joined the Rangers’ organization, Showalter was Texas’ big league manager. Kirby also likely will coach base running for the Orioles. The Williamsburg, Va., native stole 44 bases in his big league career, including 17 (out of 22 chances) in 1993 while with the Indians.
The Orioles begin their three-day organizational meetings in Arizona on Thursday morning after an organizational dinner Wednesday night. Presley and Adair will be in Phoenix, and there’s a possibility Kirby also will join them before the meetings adjourn Saturday.
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