SARASOTA, Fla. -- Birdie Tebbetts, one of baseball's great storytellers after 57 years in the game, is something of a double agent these days.
A longtime special assignment scout, with a playing, coaching and managing background, Tebbetts has been given permission by the Orioles to work in a similar capacity with the Florida Marlins. The National League expansion club, which begins play next year, will rely on Tebbetts' expertise in setting up its organization.
"He has a wealth of baseball knowledge," Orioles general manager Roland Hemond said of Tebbetts. "That appeals to the Marlins."
Tebbetts will continue to work on special assignments for the Orioles. "He'll report on players for both teams -- but won't provide information about one organization to the other," Hemond said.