Orioles: Kranitz out, Samuel back in
The Orioles coaching staff continues to come into focus. Rick Kranitz has been named the new organizational pitching instructor for the Houston Astros, making room -- apparently -- for Mark Connor to become the new O's pitching coach. And, in a somewhat surprising development, The Sun is reporting that Juan Samuel will return to the third base/infield coach job he left to become the interim manager in June.
If you want my take on the Kranitz situation, I've got a new column up on the web site right here, or you can wait for tomorrow's print edition and enjoy the comforting sensation of holding a piece of organic material in your hands while you read. Either way works for me.
Since I don't weigh in on Samuel, I'll do so here. I think he was doing the organization a favor by holding down the fort while the club worked out the details and timing of Buck Showalter's arrival, and I think his heart was in the right place when he chose not to stay on the coaching staff for the final two months of the season. But he is well-liked inside the O's organization and he is quite respected around the major leagues.
There are a lot of people who think he'll get another chance to manage, hopefully under better circumstances than the first time.