The Orioles have decided to take advantage of a new rule that allows for the hiring of a seventh coach.
Former big league catcher Einar Diaz, who was ticketed to be the field coach at Bowie, will now be an assistant major league coach, helping hitting coach Jim Presley as well as other members of Showalter’s staff.
“I’ve had Einar as a player [with the Texas Rangers in 2003],” Showalter said. “Einar is just a solid human being. He’ll fit in real well to the clubhouse, pretty seamless.”
Showalter said one of the most important things about Diaz is that he’s a good batting practice pitcher, something needed with the departure of last year’s third-base coach DeMarlo Hale. Diaz, 40, spent parts of 11 seasons in the majors as a catcher, mostly with the Cleveland Indians, and that experience could also help some pitchers, Showalter said.
“I think you might want to get a perspective from a catcher on a given workday,” Showalter said. “He’s caught a lot of innings at the major league level. He brings a lot of positives that should help.”
Diaz could watch games from the dugout, bullpen or do in-game work in the video room, Showalter said.
Diaz’s place at Bowie will be filled by Butch Davis, who was supposed to be the field coach at Class-A Delmarva. Davis’ spot at Delmarva will be filled by Jon Matthews, who was hired to be the field coach at Short-A Aberdeen.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times