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01-25-2013 05:55 PM #1
MINOR NAMED KEYS MANAGER - by Mike Mueller
After three seasons managing the Delmarva Shorebirds, Ryan Minor is coming to Frederick .
Minor, who played in parts of four Major League Baseball seasons, three with the Baltimore Orioles, and played two games with the Keys during a rehab stint in 2000, is entering his sixth season as a coach in the Orioles minor league system.
Joining Minor will be pitching coach Kennie Steenstra, returning to Frederick after three seasons with the Bowie Baysox, the Orioles? AA affiliate, hitting coach Torre Tyson, formerly a manager and defensive coordinator in the New York Yankees organization, and athletic trainer Patrick Wesley, returning for his fifth season in Frederick.
Minor, most remembered by Orioles fans for replacing Cal Ripken Jr. in the lineup on Sept. 20, 1998, marking the end of Ripken?s record-setting streak of consecutive games played at 2,632, played with the Orioles from 1998-2000 and spent a season with the Montreal Expos in 2001. In 143 Major League games, the vast majority of which he played third base, Minor hit five home runs and drove in 43 runs.
In his three seasons managing Orioles Class-A affiliate Delmarva, Minor led the Shorebirds to a 166-252 record. Before becoming the Shorebirds? manager in 2010, he spent the ?08 and ?09 seasons as Delmarva?s hitting coach.
Prior to embarking on his professional baseball career, which spanned 10 minor league seasons (1996-2005), Minor played college baseball at Oklahoma University , where he played on the team that won the 1994 College World Series. He also starred for the Sooners on the basketball team and, as a 6-7 forward, was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 32nd overall pick in the 1996 NBA draft.
Minor, however, chose baseball over basketball and was drafted by the Orioles in the 33rd round of the 1996 MLB draft.
Steenstra, 42, spent the last three seasons with Bowie after serving as the Keys pitching coach in 2009. Prior to his season in Frederick , he spent four years in the same role in Delmarva. Steenstra pitched in 11 minor leagues seasons (1992-2002), nine in Triple-A, with seven different organizations, including the Orioles in his final season, 2002. He reached the Majors briefly, pitching in four games with the Chicago Cubs in 1998. Steenstra?s coaching career began in 2004 in the independent Northern League with Lincoln . The 2013 season will be his ninth in the Orioles organization.
Tyson, 37, played five seasons of minor league baseball (1998-2002) in the Yankees and Boston Red Sox organization before becoming a coach with the Staten Island Yankees, a short-season Class-A affiliate of the big-league Yankees, in 2003. After three more seasons in the Yankees organization, Tyson, whose dad, Mike Tyson, played 10 seasons as a middle infielder with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs, became manager of the Charleston RiverDogs. He managed the RiverDogs, another Class-A affiliate of the Yankees, from 2007-09 and then managed the Tampa Yankees, an Advanced-A Yankees? farm team in 2010. In 2011, he was promoted to defensive coordinator of the Yankees? minor league system.
Wesley, a Frederick, Md., resident, returns for his fifth season as the Keys Athletic Trainer and enters his 10th season in the Orioles organization. A two-time South Atlantic League Trainer of the Year (2007-08), the Centralia , Ill. , native has also worked with Southwestern Illinois College and Morgan State University .
01-28-2013 08:59 AM #2
I was just going to start a thread about this. I hope that Doc Shorebird chimes in. Most people know that I live really close to Arthur W. Purdue stadium and get to a few games every year. I've talked to and observed all the top prospects and can tell you a thing or two about them. Sadly, I can't tell you much about Ryan's game. I do know that he is a good community guy around here and it will be sad to see him move. I'm assuming he's moving anyways. I just never really paid attention to how he runs a game. I'm usually looking at arm slots, pitch speeds, bat speed, pitch recognition etc..
I just wonder if he has what it takes to stand by #4 at Camden and call the shots after Buck is gone. I can't judge him based on his W/L record because honestly, I don't think that's fair. Not only that, how does he run his clubhouse? Is he too loose or too tough? From what I have seen, year in and year out, the players seem to like him. I also wonder why it has taken him this long to move up, if that was his intent from the beginning.