Orioles name Ferraro new third-base coach Alliance with Oates dates to Yankees

November 20, 1992|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

Mike Ferraro, who was on the staff of the late Dick Howser with the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals, will be the new third-base coach for the Orioles.

A former infielder who played with the Yankees, Seattle Pilots and Milwaukee Brewers, Ferraro was the third-base coach in New York during the last full season of Orioles manager Johnny Oates' playing career (1980).

Sources familiar with the negotiations said last night that Ferraro will replace Cal Ripken Sr., who was the only member of the five-man coaching staff who was not invited back. After conducting several interviews, Oates narrowed his list of candidates to Ferraro and Lee Elia, former manager with the Cubs and third-base coach and manager of the Phillies.

"The only thing I can tell you is that you should know by this time tomorrow," was all that Oates would say from his home. With the major-league limit for coaches now raised to six, there is also a possibility that another coach will be added.

Ferraro was the Yankees' third-base coach when New York lost to the Royals in the playoffs in 1980, when Oates was a reserve catcher. At the conclusion of the playoffs, owner George Steinbrenner wanted Howser to dismiss Ferraro, and when the manager refused, he became a victim of the housecleaning.

Howser surfaced as the manager at Kansas City, where Ferraro again served as his third-base coach. When Howser was diagnosed with a brain tumor that ultimately proved fatal, Ferraro was the interim manager for 74 games in 1986.

Oates has always expressed respect for Howser, and his association with Ferraro, who managed Cleveland in 1983, is believed to have been instrumental in his decision.

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