The 2013 Orioles coaching staff is probably going to be identical to the 2012 one. The only detail holding up an announcement is whether DeMarlo Hale gets a managing job.
Apparently, the Toronto Blue Jays still have interest in Hale, but they also are looking at Cleveland bench coach Sandy Alomar, their own bench coach Don Wakamatsu, Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach and Arizona third base coach Matt Williams. Williams is the new name on the list.
Hale hasn’t been interviewed in Miami, where the Marlins have talked with former big league manager Larry Bowa, Toronto minor league manager Mike Redmond and Lloyd McClendon. McClendon, a former Pirates manager, is Detroit’s hitting coach.
Cincinnati’s pitching coach Bryan Price was also interviewed by the Marlins, but he’s asked to be withdrawn from consideration.
Hale isn’t a candidate for the only other open job in Colorado.
Rick Peterson, the Orioles director of pitching development, has yet to be interviewed by Boston to be its pitching coach because Peterson lives in New Jersey, and his area was heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
Norfolk manager Ron Johnson, who worked with Terry Francona in Boston, was not named to Francona’s new coaching staff in Cleveland. That staff was announced on Wednesday.
Johnson has not been mentioned as a candidate to join John Farrell’s staff in Boston, but if Hale got the Toronto job, could replace him in Baltimore.
Brian Butterfield, a longtime Blue Jays coach and onetime Buck Showalter coach in New York and Arizona, joined the Red Sox as third base coach.