Trebelhorn succeeds boss as bench coach


Dempsey to coach third, Lynx's Cash to be at first

ankle keeps Mora sitting


August 08, 2005|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Orioles stayed within the organization when finding a new bench coach. They didn't even look outside the team.

Third base coach Tom Trebelhorn will take a seat beside interim manager Sam Perlozzo when the Orioles face the Tampa Bay Devil Rays tomorrow. First base coach Rick Dempsey will assume Trebelhorn's duties as third base coach, with Dave Cash leaving Triple-A Ottawa's staff to replace Dempsey.

Butch Davis, a coach at Double-A Bowie, will replace Cash at Ottawa.

"That's the direction we're going to go the rest of the year," Perlozzo said. "A temporary basis, just like the rest of us."

Trebelhorn was the Chicago Cubs' bench coach in 1992 and 1993 before becoming their manager for one season. He's been the Orioles' third base coach since 2001.

"He's a great baseball guy, great demeanor, he knows the rules inside and out and I get along with him really well," Perlozzo said.

Said Trebelhorn: "It's the manager's prerogative to assign coaches to jobs and responsibilities that he feels will make the job easier, and with that in mind, it's fine with me. I've done it before. I've coached first, third, bench coach."

Asked his preference, Trebelhorn said, "I think on a real cold night I'd like to be bench coach. And rainy nights, too.

"Bullpen, bench, first, third - they're all of equal importance of any given time over the course of a game. There's no hierarchy, there's no status."

Dempsey has been the Orioles' first base coach since 2002. He began the 1999 season as the Los Angeles Dodgers' third base coach before being reassigned to bullpen duties in late May.

"Rick was qualified," Perlozzo said. "He's been in baseball forever, and he's done it before. He says he's comfortable with it, so we'll let him run with it."

Said Dempsey: "I'm very happy about it. I get an opportunity to be more involved in what goes on."

Perlozzo became familiar with Cash from their time together in spring training, before Cash would head to the minor league complex in Sarasota, Fla.

"My understanding is he's a good communicator, well-liked by the players," Perlozzo said. "He's been there the longest. It's good to reward your guys in the minor leagues."

Cash, who also will work with the infielders, was the second baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates when they defeated the Orioles in the 1971 World Series. He has an interesting connection to Perlozzo, who appeared in two games with the San Diego Padres in September 1979 before tearing a groin muscle.

Perlozzo received a call from the Padres during the winter, telling him that another team wanted to acquire him - the Yakult Swallows of Japan's Central League. With more money waiting for him overseas - he never made more than $14,000 in the United States - Perlozzo accepted the deal and hit a career-high 15 home runs.

Why did the Padres give up on him so soon? "They said, `Look, you can think it over, but we signed Dave Cash.' "

Infield shift delayed

Melvin Mora missed his third straight game because of a sprained left ankle, delaying Perlozzo's plans to use shortstop Miguel Tejada as the designated hitter for one day.

David Newhan made his first start at third base yesterday. Chris Gomez would have replaced Tejada at shortstop this weekend if Mora was available.

Gil to wait some more

Anybody remember Geronimo Gil? The Orioles haven't forgotten about the backup catcher, who's been on the disabled list since July 3 with a sprained left thumb. They just can't use him.

Gil still can't hit because of the thumb, and he's likely to remain inactive until rosters expand next month.

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