Baseball '97

March 30, 1997

Davey Johnson

15 Manager

Age: 54.

Playing position: Second base

Career: Begins his second season as Orioles manager and the second year of a three-year contract. Has the highest-winning percentage among active major-league managers (887-663, .572). Managed the Reds before the Orioles, leading them to the National League Central title in 1995. 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 zTC 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.

Ray Miller

31 Pitching coach

Age: 51.

Playing position: Pitcher.

Career: Is in his second stint as Orioles pitching coach. Coached two Cy Young Award winners (Mike Flanagan in 1979 and Steve Stone in 1980) and five different 20-game winners with Orioles from 1978 to 1985. Left Orioles to manage the Twins (1985-1986). Was replaced by Tom Kelly on Sept. 12, 1986. Spent the next 10 seasons as pitching coach of the Pirates. Had one Cy Young winner (Doug Drabek in 1990) and two 20-game winners in Pittsburgh. Enjoyed a 10-year professional pitching career but never made the majors. Was acquired by the Orioles in a minor-league trade in 1971. Finished his playing career in 1973 at Rochester as a player-coach in the Orioles' system.

Rick Down

48 Hitting coach

Age: 46.

Playing position: Third base.

Career: Is in second season with Orioles. Spent previous three seasons as Yankees batting coach -- New York led the majors in team batting average each of his first two seasons. 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: 46.

Playing position: Shortstop.

Career: This is his 11th season as a major-league third base coach and second 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 Cincinnati, then joined him at Camden Yards. 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: 53.

Playing position: Catcher.

Career: Is in second year as Orioles coach. 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: 56.

Playing position: Catcher.

Career: Opens 29th season in an Orioles uniform and 20th 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.

O's in race to 3,000

The STATS Inc. book Baseball Scoreboard says the Orioles have three of the five major-league players with the best chance to get 3,000 career hits:

Orioles' Cal Ripken, 35, 2,549 hits, percent chance: 87

Padres' Tony Gwynn, 36, 2,560 hits, percent chance: 81

Yankees' Wade Boggs, 38, 2,697 hits, percent chance: 58

Orioles' Roberto Alomar, 28, 1,522 hits, percent chance: 37

Orioles' Rafael Palmeiro, 31, 1,636 hits, percent chance: 26

Pub Date: 3/30/97

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