Showalter expects little change in coaching staff

Showalter expects little change in coaching staff
September 26, 2013, 5:15 pm
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BALTIMORE – If it’s up to Buck Showalter, his coaching staff may not change next season.

“Kind of the same. I think you know what my history and track record with coaches more than likely how that ends up,” Showalter said. “We’ll listen to what everybody’s got to say. I’m going to let everything kind of clear and make sure they want to be back.”

First base coach Wayne Kirby and bench coach John Russell are believed to have contracts that are expiring. So is Bill Castro, who has been functioning as pitching coach since mid-August.

Third base coach Bobby Dickerson and hitting coach Jim Presley signed contracts last winter.

“We’ve got some of them contractually obligated anyway in a good way, and I’m excited about that,” Showalter said.

Pitching coach Rick Adair took a leave of absence last month. His father died last week, and he is under contract for next season.

Showalter is planning to meet with Adair.

“I’m going to sit down with Rick here next week and see what’s going on with his life,” Showalter said.

If Adair returns, Castro will probably return to the bullpen. Showalter also had kind words for Scott McGregor, who’s served as bullpen coach over the last six weeks.

“Everything’s open. We’ll see where everybody is in their life right now. Scotty’s done a good job for us,” Showalter said.

Kirby and Presley are the only coaches who have been with the Orioles in their current capacity for the last three seasons. Russell started 2011 as third base coach, but switched places with then-bench coach Willie Randolph about two months into the season.

Adair began 2011 as the bullpen coach, but was transferred to pitching coach in June of that year when Mark Connor left.

Castro is finishing his second season, and Dickerson, who has won plaudits for his work at third base, is ending his first.

Einar Diaz was hired as the seventh coach before the season. He assists Presley and has also filled in in the bullpen and at first base.