Buford to manage Bowie club

Orioles notebook

December 11, 1992|By From Staff Reports

Don Buford will return as the manager of the Orioles Double-A team, which is moving from Hagerstown to Bowie for the 1993 season. Last season, his first as a manager, the Hagerstown Suns finished seventh in the Eastern League with a 59-80 record.

Buford, who played on three American League championship teams in his five years with the Orioles (1968-72), began coaching in 1978. He was a coach with the Orioles in 1988 and spent the next three seasons as the team's director of field operations before becoming Suns manager in 1992.

One of Buford's sons, Damon, is playing in the Orioles organization. He split 1992 between Hagerstown and Triple-A Rochester, batting .252 with 64 stolen bases.

O'Donoghue moves up

The Orioles also promoted John O'Donoghue, pitching coach of the Single-A Frederick Keys the past two seasons, to Bowie. O'Donoghue, a resident of Elkton, pitched for five clubs in his nine-year major-league career. His son, pitcher John P. O'Donoghue, is on the Orioles' 40-man roster.

DuBois re-signs

Brian DuBois is back. The Orioles have re-signed the left-hander to a Triple-A contract. DuBois, 25, spent the 1992 season on medical rehabilitation because of an arm injury. The Orioles' first pick in the 1985 draft, he was traded to the Detroit Tigers and pitched in the majors in 1989-90. He returned to the Orioles' organization in 1991.

Double-A deals

The club also signed two players to Double-A contracts for the Bowie team: infielder Edgar Alfonzo (.295, 30 RBI in Double-A in 1992) and right-hander Rafael Chaves (4-5, 1.83 ERA in Single-A).

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