Today, the Orioles plan to introduce veteran baseball executive Syd Thrift as their new director of player development. Tomorrow, they're expected to name a longtime Oriole as Thrift's new administrative assistant -- Don Buford.
Club sources confirmed yesterday that Buford will join Thrift in the club's revamped minor-league office.
Buford could not be reached to comment last night.
Buford played outfield for great Orioles teams in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He rejoined the Orioles in 1988 as a bench coach and then director of minor-league field operations.