A quick nod to Andy Etchebarren, who deserves a little more

Zrebiec column

"I'm very disappointed, very hurt," said Etchebarren, who played 11 1/2 of his 15 major league seasons with the Orioles and was a member of four pennant-winning teams. "I signed with the Orioles in 1961 ... and I thought I'd quit as an Oriole, but I guess not. I went to the organizational meetings and everything else and gave my reports. It came as a shock."

Asked whether he was given a reason for his dismissal, Etchebarren said: "Not really."

Orioles minor league director David Stockstill did not return a call last night seeking comment.

"I love baseball, I love the Orioles, I love the kids that I had in Aberdeen," Etchebarren said. "There's nothing I didn't enjoy about it. I just have to go forward. It's part of life. God opens and closes doors for you. I just wish he hadn't closed this one."

From Roch:

Told to do something, he did it. No job was beneath him. And I kept hearing him praised throughout the organization for being such a good teacher, someone who was better suited - and seemed to prefer - working with the younger players. A Triple-A job wasn't as appealing as wearing a Bluefield or Aberdeen uniform.

Davey Johnson - wasn't he just Dave before managing the Mets? - thought enough of Etchebarren to keep him around as bench coach. But the Orioles have decided that he's no longer needed. And that's their prerogative. They're definitely in "massive change" mode. The old ways sure haven't been working. I just never associated Etchebarren with being part of the problem.

Andy Etchebarren will always be a Baltimore Oriole. Happy trails, Etch, and best of luck with whatever you do next.

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