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ABERDEEN, MD - The Baltimore Orioles have announced that Kevin Bradshaw will manage the Aberdeen IronBirds for the remainder of the 2016 season. Bradshaw will report to Aberdeen after beginning the 2016 season as the field coach for the Gulf Coast League Orioles.

NOTES ON BRADSHAW:

Bradshaw enters his first year as the field coach for the GCL Orioles after serving as the Orioles Minor League Infield Coordinator in 2015?Spent 2013-14 in his second stint as the minor league infield coordinator with the Detroit Tigers after serving in the same capacity from 2008-2010?Was the Tigers? minor league field coordinator from 2011-12?Prior to assuming the role of infield coordinator in 2008, he spent 14 seasons as a manager in the Tigers system?Began his managerial career with Class-A Bristol in 1994, before managing the Gulf Coast League Tigers (1995-98, 2000, 2004-06), Class-A Oneonta (1999), Double-A Erie (2002-03), and Class-A Lakeland (2001, 2007)...Was named the 2000 Dwight Lowry Award winner as the Tigers Player Development Man of the Year after leading the GCL Tigers to a second-place finish in the Eastern Division with a record of 34-26?Managed the North Shore Honu in the Hawaii Winter League following the 2007 season, guiding the club to a 26-12 record and the league?s championship...Managed the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League following the 2009 season, winning the league?s championship after posting an 18-14 record?Also served as a coach with Double-A London in 1990, Class-A Bristol in 1991, Triple-A Toledo in 1992, Lakeland in 1993, and Double-A Trenton in 1994.

PLAYING CAREER:

Prior to joining the Orioles, spent his entire baseball career with the Tigers organization, playing four seasons at the minor league level (1986-89) before he began his coaching career in 1990.

MANAGERIAL CAREER

Year Class Club League W-L Pct

1994 R Bristol Appalachian 27-36 .429

1995 R GCL Tigers Gulf Coast 33-24 .579

1996 R GCL Tigers Gulf Coast 26-34 .433

1997 R GCL Tigers Gulf Coast 31-29 .517

1998 R GCL Tigers Gulf Coast 28-32 .467

1999 R Oneonta New York-Penn 41-34 .547

2000 R GCL Tigers Gulf Coast 34-26 .567

2001 A Lakeland Florida State 67-69 .493

2002 AA Erie Eastern 52-89 .369

2003 AA Erie Eastern 69-73 .486

2004 R GCL Tigers Gulf Coast 24-36 .400

2005 R GCL Tigers Gulf Coast 24-30 .444

2006 R GCL Tigers Gulf Coast 32-18 .640

2007 A Lakeland Florida State 53-87 .379

CAREER TOTALS (14 years) 541-617 .467

Any further questions concerning Bradshaw's arrival may be directed to Kristen Hudak of the Baltimore Orioles.

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Has to be some personal issue. Teams don't fire minor league managers after 13 games because the team is 5-8.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Luis Pujols told me Dan Duquette told him he was being let go as Aberdeen mgr. Said he was not sure why. Thanked O's for the opportunity.</p>— Steve Melewski (@masnSteve) <a href="

">July 1, 2016</a></blockquote>

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Thanks. I'm sure there is more to this story. It doesn't make sense to fire a manager who has been the in the organization for a while, and managed a team to the playoffs last year, after a 5-8 start unless there's some very significant problem. The press release didn't even thank Pujols for his service. And then the "no comment." Not even "we thought it was time to make a change" or some platitude like that. Something's up.

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I had to fire a guy on a Friday afternoon once, at 530. It was completely sudden. He was an absolutely wonderful guy, who was the lead on a major project - that was in a critical phase. The project ended up failing, largely because of the staffing change.

Everything was going great, and then I found out something he did. And I fired him 60 seconds later. I'm still not allowed to talk about the specifics.

Sometimes things just go pear shaped.

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