Orioles Profiles

March 29, 1996

Davey Johnson

15 Manager

Age: 53.

Playing position: Second base

Career: Begins his first season as Orioles manager and the first year of a three-year contract. Has the highest-winning percentage among active major-league managers (799-589, .576). Managed the Reds the previous three years, leading them to the National League Central title last season. Managed the Mets from 1984 to 1990. Is the winningest manager in Mets history (595-417). His New York teams won 90 or more games in each of his first five years, making him the only manager in NL history to do so. Averaged nearly 96 wins in six full seasons with the Mets, and his teams finished first or second in each of those years. Guided the Mets to the World Series championship in 1986. Managed three years in the minor leagues, winning a championship each year. Played 13 seasons in the majors (1965-1975, 1977-1978) and was with the Orioles from 1965 to 1972. Was a four-time All-Star and played in four World Series with the Orioles. In 1973 with the Braves, he tied Rogers Hornsby's major-league record for most home runs in a season by a second baseman with 42. Was Comeback Player of the Year that season. After playing with major-league home run champion Hank Aaron, played two seasons for Yomiuri Giants with Japanese home run champion Sadaharu Oh. Ended playing career in 1979 as player-manager for the Miami Amigos of the Inter-American League.

Pat Dobson

37 Pitching coach

Age: 54.

Playing position: Pitcher.

Career: In his first season as Orioles pitching coach. Spent spent the previous three seasons as major-league advance scout for the Rockies. In 1991, was the Royals' pitching coach. Before that, he was pitching coach for Padres (1987-1989) and Brewers (1982-1984). Was a minor-league pitching instructor for the Yankees (1980-1981), Brewers (1982) and Mariners (1985-1986). Played 11 major-league seasons, two with the Orioles. Was one of four pitchers on the 1971 American League champion Orioles to record 20 victories. Had career record of 122-129.

Rick Down

48 Hitting coach

Age: 45.

Playing position: Third base.

Career: Spent past three seasons as Yankees batting coach -- New York led the majors in team batting average each of his first two seasons. Has spent seven years in the Yankees' organization. Managed Triple-A Columbus from 1990 to 1992, leading Clippers to three consecutive International League West titles. Coached at Nevada-Las Vegas from 1979 to 1984. Played seven seasons in the minors.

Sam Perlozzo

2 Third base coach

Age: 45.

Playing position: Shortstop.

Career: This is his 10th season as a major-league third base coach and first with the Orioles. His previous six were with Lou Piniella in Cincinnati and Seattle. In addition to coaching third for the Mariners, he was responsible for base running, infield instruction and coordination of spring training. Managed five minor-league seasons for Mets. Cumberland native played in 12 games with Twins and Padres (1977-1979).

John Stearns

18 First base coach

Age: 44.

Playing position: Catcher.

Career: Spent most of 1995 on Davey Johnson's staff. In 1994, managed Princeton Reds to Rookie-level Appalachian crown. Was ESPN broadcaster in 1992. Also has been Reds scout, Blue Jays minor-league manager and coach for Yankees, Astros and Brewers. Played 11 seasons with Mets and Phillies. Was four-time All-Star.

Andy Etchebarren

13 Bench coach

Age: 52.

Playing position: Catcher.

Career: Spent 1993 to 1995 as manager of Bluefield Orioles of the Rookie-level Appalachian League. His teams there were 132-69. Spent 1985 to 1991 as Brewers first base coach and catching instructor. Began his coaching career in 1977, when he served as player-coach for Angels. Played 15 years in majors, including 11 with Orioles. Was member of four pennant-winning Orioles teams. Had a career .235 batting average.

Elrod Hendricks

44 Bullpen coach

Age: 55.

Playing position: Catcher.

Career: Opens 28th season in an Orioles uniform and 19th straight year as bullpen coach, both of which are Orioles records. Played in all but 53 of his 694 major-league games with the Orioles. Batted .220 in 711 big-league games. Initially named as bullpen coach in 1977 under Earl Weaver. Has served as player-coach twice. He substituted twice as manager for Frank Robinson (back problems) in 1988 and compiled a 4-11 mark. Among his responsibilities is charting opposing hitters during games for relievers.

Managing just fine

Top winning percentages among active managers:

Manager .............. Record ............. Pct.

Davey Johnson ........ 799-589 ............ .576

Felipe Alou .......... 304-241 ............ .558

Buck Showalter ....... 313-268 ............ .539

Cito Gaston .......... 537-463 ............ .537

Bobby Cox ............ 1,115-962 .......... .537

Tony La Russa ........ 1,320-1,183 ........ .527

Tom Lasorda .......... 1,558-1,404 ........ .526

Mike Hargrove ........ 350-316 ............ .526

Lou Piniella ......... 688-633 ............ .521

Johnny Oates ......... 365-340 ............ .518

Pub Date: 3/29/96

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