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May 27, 2011

Orioles promote Gomez to manage at Aberdeen

The Orioles announced today that they have promoted former Major League infielder Leo Gomez to manage the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds of the New York-Penn League.

Gomez spent last season as the field coach for Aberdeen. He filled that some role for the Orioles' Gulf Coast team in 2009.

Gomez, 45, played with the Orioles from 1990 to 1995, compiling a .245 average with 62 homers and 203 RBIs over 475 games. Gomez, who the Orioles signed as an amateur free agent in 1985, played the 1996 season with the Chicago Cubs.

The Aberdeen job became vacant when Gary Kendall, who had managed the IronBirds the previous three seasons, was promoted to manage Double-A Bowie.

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 12:47 PM | | Comments (17)
Categories: Minors


This just in:

Jim Traber hired as Rookie League bench coach.

Sam Horn hired as strength/conditioning coach.

Craig Worthington hired as bullpen coach.

Wow, good to see Leo Gomez's name.


....and Larry Sheets is Director of bad draft signings. see: matt hobgood. lmfao

Gomez was one of my favorites. That guy worked extremely hard at his defense. At first, he was below average, but eventually became above an average defender. Nobody outworked him for sure. Always wanted to see him in Baltimore at least a couple more years than he lasted.

"And Leo Gomez says ... Yo Lo Tengo!"

When he was hot, nobody hit the ball harder.

Wow. Way cool. Good ol' Leo Gomez. Now there is a name I never thought I would hear again. Never very good, but boy oh boy, did he ever try! Can the other third base icons of the eighties - Wayne Gross and Floyd Rayford - be far behind?

Well, whatever. Good job, Leo, and best of luck. All of us who remember you are rooting for you.

Nice to hear that Leo is moving up in the O's origination. Leo always worked hard and gave it his all, so I am not shocked that he is a manager. Best of luck to him!

I like the club's if we could just get Lowenstein back, we'd really have something going.

Yo la Tengo - one of the greatest groups ever.

As a close lifelong friend of myself and my family for many years I must say I am very excited about this news.

Mr. Gomez has worked very hard for a long time in his service to the players and this is a well-deserved position for him. I wish him a Congratulations and God Bless

I would have preferred R.C. Gonzales.


Why Not?

Jeff, what happened to the manager at bowie

Jeff Z's reply: Brad Komminsk became hitting coach for Triple-A Norfolk. The previous hitting coach, Richie Hebner, was let go.

Brady Anderson, BJ Surhoff, Mike Bordick, Ryan Minor, and now Leo... I wonder if other teams bring back former players to coach in the minors and spring training like the O's do. The results on the field would indicate it's not working, but I like that they keep that sense of history and brotherhood alive in the organization, and that they pick some of the harder working and scrappier players from the past to do so. Good luck Leo!

Side note since his name was mentioned, I still remember when Sam Horn hit those two HR's on opening day at Kansas City and I think it was Jon Miller who said during the game Horn was now on pace to hit 324 HR's for the year. Ahh, great stuff!

Leo played in Camden Yards when it was the place that players all over the league wanted to come and get beat !!

I hope he gets to manage some of our better draft picks in a few weeks.. I wasn't real high on our drafting a high school pitcher after hobgood but if RENDON, HULZEN, AND COLE ARE GONE I am warming up to the scouting reports on DYLAN BUNDY.. THE scouting report shows he hit over 100 several times this year with another plus,plus pitch and two more plus pitches.. A couple of scouts said they would take him at that age over almost all the college arms... THERE are going to be some real interesting bats available in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th rounds this year

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