After 5 years in system, Miscik resigns as manager of Baysox Drabowsky to take over on interim basis

April 16, 1996|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Bob Miscik, the manager of the Orioles' Double-A affiliate at Bowie, has resigned after more than five years in the farm system.

"This is not a sudden decision on my part," said Miscik. "It was just too many hotels and bus rides, too many summers away from home.

"I needed to put a stop to it and get on with my life."

Orioles player development director Syd Thrift was en route to Lynchburg, Va., yesterday to watch the Single-A Frederick Keys.

He said from his car phone that "I'm really not surprised. Bob really wants to do something different."

Thrift said minor-league pitching coordinator Moe Drabowsky will manage the Baysox "on a temporary basis. We'll have the position resolved in a few days. It'll be someone in the organization."

The Baysox are on a weeklong road trip to Norwich and New Britain, Conn.

Miscik, 37, played in the Pittsburgh organization when Thrift was the Pirates general manager.

He joined the Orioles as Kane County's manager in 1991 and directed the Cougars to a second-half title in the Midwest League. Miscik also has managed at Rochester, Frederick and Bowie, leading the Red Wings to an International League Eastern Division crown three years ago.

He said his marriage last August was not a factor in the decision.

"My wife didn't pressure me. It's just I had enough of the lifestyle more than anything else. It's difficult to make plans, and you don't know where you're going to be next."

Miscik said he is sure he'll miss the game and definitely will miss a Bowie team that he called "as good as any I ever left spring training with.

"It had nothing to do with Bowie. It's probably the best place to manage in the minor leagues, a great facility and only four hours from my home. I just needed a change."

What that change is is uncertain. He has no job plans at the moment.

Pub Date: 4/16/96

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