That didn’t happen -- third-base coach DeMarlo Hale has left the organization to become the bench coach for
That means Showalter will have to find a new third-base/infielders coach. And although it's a move that won't mean much to the casual fan, Showalter has always championed it as an exceptionally important spot. He was thrilled when Hale joined the Orioles last winter and, consequently, expect Showalter to take his time again to find the right fit.
Here's a look at six potential candidates to replace Hale, though it is very early in the process. The order is probably interchangeable.
1. Bobby Dickerson, 47, has spent the past three seasons as the Orioles’ minor league field coordinator and has received rave reviews for his work ethic and relationship with infield prospects. He gets a lot of credit for readying Manny Machado for the majors. Dickerson and Showalter go way back – Showalter managed a 21-year-old Dickerson with the 1987
2. Rich Dauer, 60, could be the whole package. Dauer has deep ties to the organization – he was an Orioles infielder from 1976 to 1985 and went into the club’s Hall of Fame this past season – and he has significant experience coaching third. He’s held that position for 11 seasons with three different clubs (the
3. Steve Smith, 60, was Showalter’s third-base coach during his tenure with the
4. Mike Bordick, 47, would be the people's choice. The former Orioles infielder has served as the organization's minor league coordinator of offensive fundamentals, but last year he was primarily an in-game analyst for MASN. His name was mentioned before Hale was hired last offseason, and he also received credit for working with young infielders such as Machado. But he's never been a third-base coach before. One possibility would be giving him the first-base coaching job and moving Wayne Kirby to third.
5. Don Wakamatsu, 49, nearly was with the Orioles after the 2010 season as bench coach, but the former
6. Brian Graham, 52, is pretty entrenched as the organization’s coordinator of minor league instruction. But he has worn so many hats – even interim general manager for the