Crowley touched by O's hit mark

October 03, 1999|By Roch Kubatko

Orioles hitting coach Terry Crowley was moved by manager Ray Miller's gesture of giving him the ball from Mike Bordick's fourth-inning single on Friday, which broke the club record for hits in a season. Crowley just wishes he could share it.

"What I'd really like to do is cut the ball into about 15 pieces and hand it out to each and every one of the guys who actually set the record. They're the ones who did it," he said.

"This is a tremendous offensive ballclub. The guys have worked hard all year, from our leadoff man right down to the ninth hitter. We tried real hard all year not to give away any at-bats and not give away any outs.

"I'd give anything to have each and every one of them back here next year. I'm sure we'd win some more ballgames.

"It's nice to be a part of it, but I'm just a part of it. The honor really belongs to the guys who suited up and played the games."

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