'Exciting' coaching staff will include Flanagan THE HIRING OF PHIL REGAN

October 17, 1994|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writer Tom Keegan contributed to this article.

It won't take Phil Regan as long to name a coaching staff as it took the Orioles to select a manager. And the first new name to surface will be a familiar one.

Mike Flanagan, who wore an Orioles uniform for all but three of his 18 major-league seasons, will be the new pitching coach, with the announcement expected today. It also is expected that bullpen coach Elrod Hendricks will return for his 27th year with the Orioles, the last 18 as a coach.

Shortly after being introduced as Johnny Oates' successor at a mid-afternoon news conference yesterday at Oriole Park, Regan said he'd have his coaching staff "in line within the next week." Even though this is his first managerial job other than stints in the Dominican and Venezuelan winter leagues, Regan obviously comes prepared.

Asked if any members of the current coaching staff would be considered (pitching coach Dick Bosman is the only one who has been informed he won't be back), Regan's only comment was "yes." He left little doubt, however, that there will be more than a token turnover.

"We'll have some new faces -- we might have something to announce tomorrow [today] -- and there are others we'll have to get permission to talk to. It will be an exciting staff," said Regan.

It has been a foregone conclusion that Flanagan could have the job as pitching coach if he wanted it. "I've said all along it would depend on who it [the manager] was," Flanagan said before Regan's appointment yesterday. "I'd have to think about it."

Flanagan was unavailable for comment last night, but it is known that he's had contact with the club. The rest of Regan's staff will have an Orioles flavor, but at least two will come from outside the organization.

Chuck Cottier, who managed Seattle during the years (1984-86) Regan was the Mariners pitching coach, and David Jauss, who is currently the new manager's coach at Caracas, Venezuela, are two potential coaches the Orioles would need permission to contact.

Cottier is currently employed by the Chicago Cubs; Jauss managed Montreal's Double-A farm team at Harrisburg, Pa., last year.

There has been speculation about ex-Oriole Merv Rettenmund as a possible batting coach if Greg Biagini is not invited back.

Rick Dempsey, who was considered one of the finalists for the managing job, also has been rumored as a possibility, but said last night that he hadn't been contacted.

First base coach Davey Lopes and bench coach Don Buford also are considered possibilities to return. Two other ex-Orioles, Rich Dauer and Al Bumbry, also have expressed interest in returning as coaches.

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