Orioles' Birdie on the lookout for Marlins, too

February 26, 1992|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

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.

"Birdie is very good at helping young managers and scouts, showing them the ropes," Hemond said. "We've often sent him in to work with managers in our minor-league system -- and also to help young scouts learn how to go about the job.

"This will work out good for him," Hemond said. "We had been looking to cut back his schedule, which sometimes was very arduous. He'll be able to work out of his home [in nearby Anna Marie Island]. He'll scout teams for us and the Marlins during spring training."

As in the past, Tebbetts, 79, will be available for special assignments for the Orioles during the season.

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