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Saturday’s Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles are tweaking the coaching staff

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As the postseason continues, the Orioles are already gearing up for 2020.

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Good morning, Birdland!

How much influence does a major league coaching staff have on its players? The answer feels likely to be an unscientific one. The Orioles are in a unique situation. The team in Baltimore still won’t be expected to win much in 2020, but they will be expected to take steps forward and to possibly nurture a few legitimate prospects. Ryan Mountcastle, Austin Hays, Keegan Akin and Dean Kremer could all find their way to Baltimore at some point. The stakes will be slightly higher than they were this past year.

That said, I won’t pretend to know which specific coaches would be a good fit for the Birds. Brandon Hyde and Mike Elias will have to work together to determine what sort of personality makes the most sense.

The front office isn’t being shy about looking for help. Elias himself tweeted out a few job listings on Friday.

Links

Orioles Make Two Coaching Changes - MLB Trade Rumors
The Orioles have now completely removed the Buck Showalter era from the clubhouse. Assistant hitting coach Howie Clark was a holdover from the previous regime, but he is out now. Sounds like everyone else not yet removed will remain with the team in 2020. Now it’s on to making a few hires.

Is Mallee a candidate to join the Orioles - School of Roch
John Mallee has been a hitting coach through professional baseball, and it’s possible that the O’s could offer him some sort of position with the organization, although nothing is confirmed to this point.

Where the O’s were ranked in minor league top 20 lists - Steve Melewski
This organization continues to make strides down on the farm. MASN’s Melewski goes over how some of the higher profile prospects fared in post-season rankings.

Holt reflects on first Orioles’ season; Darren O’Day makes comeback; Mancini cited - Baltimore Baseball
Chris Holt is one of the names to know in the Orioles organization. The minor league pitching, and even some of the big league leagues, improved by leaps and bounds this season. Holt is one of the big reasons why.

Orioles birthdays and history

Is it your birthday? Happy birthday!

The only former Oriole celebrating a birthday today is pitcher Terry Mathews. The right-hander appeared in 88 games between 1996 and 1998 for the O’s. During that time, he accumulated a 4.57 ERA.

1966 - 20-year-old Jim Palmer becomes the youngest person to ever throw a shutout in a World Series, beating Sandy Koufax and the Dodgers by a score of 6-0.

1983 - O’s pitcher Mike Boddicker strikes out a playoff-record 14 hitters in a winning performance against the Chicago White Sox in Game 2 of the ALCS.