this is from Roch's latest blog entry, quoting a Zrebiec story i couldn't find:
"We should note, as The Sun's Jeff Zrebiec reported today, that B.J. Surhoff turned down an offer to be the Orioles' first base coach. He's not ready to devote so much time to the job, not after being separated from his family all those years. And that's understandable.
Surhoff would have been quite an asset. He knows hitting. He played the outfield. He played third base. He played first base. He was drafted as a catcher. And he was the ultimate professional.
Maybe somewhere down the road, he'll be ready. In the meantime, I like manager Dave Trembley's thinking. He's going after the right guys."
i'm bummed Surhoff didn't feel ready to come back. i think he'd have made a nice fit with Diamond Dave in an attempt to regain the command of the clubhouse. Surhoff is a stand-up, no-nonsense guy (i've met him on a couple of occasions, this isn't just an observation from the stands).
but it's certainly understandable that after such a long active career that he'd want to spend some more time with the family before embarking on his second career. i have every belief that he'd be a fine MLB manager if that's what he would want to do eventually.
[Ed Note: The Zrebiec reporting is in the notes at the bottom of this article.
However, he also notes, "Surhoff might still work with the club during spring training." -zk]
[See also: The 40 Greatest Orioles of All-Time - No. 34 - B.J. Surhoff -- SC]