The Bowie Baysox announced yesterday that former Orioles outfielder Al Bumbry will join manager Pete Mackanin's coaching staff for the 1994 season.
Bumbry, who recently was released from the major-league coaching staff of the Boston Red Sox, was considered a candidate for the Orioles major-league staff, but that opening went to Don Buford.
The Orioles might have chosen Bumbry if first-base coach Davey Lopes had left for a managerial position, but apparently felt there would be some redundancy with both Lopes and Bumbry on the staff.
The promotion of Buford, who managed Bowie last year, apparently will create a chain reaction in the minor-league system. The Orioles have moved Mackanin from Single-A Frederick to Double-A Bowie and are expected to appoint Mike O'Berry as the new manager of the Keys next week. O'Berry managed the club's Single-A franchise in Albany, Ga., last year.