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."
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.