Orioles' ups and downs

August 08, 1999|By Joe Strauss

Eddie Murray UP Orioles bench coach will manage in the Arizona Fall League this October with the Scottsdale Scorpions. League president Frank Robinson calls it a "showcase" league rather than a developmental loop.

Ricky Bones DOWN Previously invisible, Bones inherited Juan Guzman's spot in the rotation and struggled last weekend in a 12-2 loss. Improvement is needed to avert another disappearance.

Jr. DOWN Closing on 39, Cal Ripken speaks of experiencing "two careers." The most recent has forced him to miss 42 games, put him on the disabled list twice and causes him to confront the "surgery" word.

Brady Anderson DOWN Voicing the organization's thinking, manager Ray Miller made clear his displeasure with Anderson as a center fielder. So what now? B.J. Surhoff to third base and Brady to left? Anderson yielding on his no-trade clause and heading to Atlanta, Anaheim or somewhere in between?

The Ancient UP Left-hander Jesse Orosco entered the weekend needing four appearances to break Dennis Eckersley's all-time record. With his contract providing for possibly two more years, Orosco could leave a virtually unbeatable mark.

Washington Redskins UP New Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has hired well-respected Orioles public relations czar John Maroon, who now gets to contend with 16 rather than 162 games and far fewer issues of "intrigue."

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