Wynegar to manage O's Albany team

January 05, 1994|By Jim Henneman

The Orioles completed their minor-league instructional staff yesterday by naming former American League All-Star catcher Butch Wynegar manager of their Single-A Albany (Ga.) farm team.

Wynegar, a native of York, Pa., has been out of professional baseball since concluding a 13-year playing career in 1988. For the past three seasons, he has served as assistant baseball coach at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., after a two-year hitch as an assistant pro at Wekiva Golf Course in Longwood, Fla.

A .255 career hitter, Wynegar was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1976, the first of two straight seasons he made the All-Star team. Originally drafted and signed by the Minnesota Twins, he also played for the New York Yankees and California Angels.

While announcing the hiring of Wynegar, the Orioles also confirmed that Mike O'Berry, who managed Albany last year, will succeed Pete Mackanin as manager for the Single-A Frederick Keys. Mackanin previously had been announced as manager for Double-A Bowie, replacing Don Buford, who moved onto the major-league staff as bench coach.

Larry McCall will return to Frederick as pitching coach, and Jeff Morris will handle that role with Albany, moving up from the Rookie League team in Bluefield, W.Va. Joe Durham, who was used last year in a roving capacity, returns to Frederick as a full-time coach.

Rudy Higgins and Pete Howell will serve as trainers for Frederick and Albany, respectively.

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