York will have distinct O's flair

Hoiles, T. Martinez, Bumbry, Minor will guide Pa. team

December 20, 2006|By Dan Connolly | Dan Connolly,Sun reporter

Orioles fans looking for a glimpse of the glory days can make a short trip up Interstate 83 this summer and take a peek into the home dugout of the independent York (Pa.) Revolution.

The newly formed Atlantic League team announced the coaching staff for its inaugural 2007 season, and it will feature three members of the Orioles' Hall of Fame as well as the answer to a historic trivia question.

Former catcher Chris Hoiles, who played his entire 10-year big league career with the Orioles and was inducted last summer into the club's Hall of Fame, will be the first manager of the Revolution.

Tippy Martinez, one of the best relievers in Orioles history, will serve as pitching coach, and former outfielder Al Bumbry will be a part-time coach and base-running instructor.

Rounding out the staff will be infielder-hitting coach Ryan Minor, who played three seasons with the Orioles and is best known for replacing Cal Ripken in the starting lineup on Sept. 20, 1998, ending Ripken's record consecutive games played streak at 2,632.

Minor, 32, is the only one with previous Atlantic League experience, having played in 2004 and 2005 and then coaching the league's all-travel Road Warriors last year.

"To have these four individuals with major league credentials and obvious ties with the Orioles is great," said Andy Frankel, the Revolution's director of public affairs and marketing. "With York being Orioles country, it just made sense."

Hoiles, 41, played with the Orioles from 1989 until 1998 and caught 87 games on the club's last playoff team in 1997. This is his first managerial job after spending the past two seasons as the top assistant at Eastern Michigan University.

"My biggest thing is to be associated with the game in some capacity, on the field as a manager or coach," said Hoiles, who yesterday drove from his home in Ohio to York for a 1 p.m. news conference today. "This opportunity is going to give me a wide variety of angles."

Hoiles has plenty of playing experience, but two members of his staff have World Series rings from the Orioles' last championship in 1983.

Martinez, 56, was 55-42 with 115 saves in a 14-season career, including 11 with the Orioles. A club Hall of Fame inductee in 2000, Martinez ranks second in the franchise in games pitched (behind Jim Palmer) and games saved (behind Gregg Olson).

Bumbry, 59, a speedy center fielder and leadoff hitter, played with the Orioles from 1972 to 1984 and was inducted into the club Hall of Fame in 1987. He ranks top 10 all-time in nine offensive categories, including stolen bases (second) and triples (third).

"Hopefully, between the four of us, with our experiences, we can bring the Oriole Way back into this thing and do it the right way," Hoiles said.

York last had a minor league team in 1969. The Revolution's first game is May 4 in Bridgeport, Conn., and the home opener is May 15 at the new Sovereign Bank Stadium, a 5,200-seat venue still under construction.

The stadium will feature a 37-foot left-field wall, reminiscent of Fenway Park's Green Monster, and an outdoor area called Brooks Robinson Plaza, a tribute to the former Orioles great who has helped promote the Revolution. He began his professional career as an 18-year-old in York in 1955.

dan.connolly@baltsun.com

Sun reporter Roch Kubatko contributed to this article.

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