Trembley picks familiar face as bullpen coach

Alan Dunn worked with manager in Cubs system

Surhoff inducted

Notebook

August 26, 2007|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,Sun reporter

It wasn't long after Dave Trembley learned that he'd be the Orioles manager next season that he envisioned who would serve as his bullpen coach.

Trembley found out his fate in an Aug. 18 dinner meeting with team president Andy MacPhail in Toronto. He quickly put in the request to have Alan Dunn join his staff, a hire that became official yesterday.

Dunn spent 15 seasons in the Chicago Cubs' organization, including two as Trembley's pitching coach at Double-A West Tennessee in 1998 and 1999. He was serving as the pitching coordinator for the first time this season when the Orioles contacted him.

"What a compliment," said Dunn, whose West Tennessee teams finished first or second in ERA in the Southern League three times. "To give me a chance to be here is a life's dream. For them to give me the opportunity, I'm very grateful to be here."

Dunn, 45, never coached in the majors before last night. He's taking a job that was held by Trembley at the start of the season and later by Orlando Gomez once Trembley began to fill in as bench coach and then replaced Sam Perlozzo as manager. Florida-based scout Bruce Kison also handled the duties briefly.

"When Mr. MacPhail told me I was going to get the job, the first person I asked for was Alan Dunn," Trembley said. "With all due respect, we had a void in the bullpen. There's someone that needs to coordinate the program down there and have a pitching background. I appreciate that Mr. MacPhail allowed me to do that."

Dunn received a crash course in personnel yesterday. Trembley took him around the clubhouse and introduced him to everyone. Dunn also met with the other members of Trembley's staff, including pitching coach Leo Mazzone.

"Basically, I'm going to do whatever's needed from Dave and Leo and try to be a complement to them in whatever areas they need me to work on. And hopefully we can get some things going in the right direction and try to continue to do that," Dunn said.

Team inducts Surhoff

B.J. Surhoff's ability to concentrate in the batter's box came in handy last night as he gave his speech for induction into the Orioles' Hall of Fame. He had to ignore a lot of potential distractions.

Storm clouds rolled in while Cal Ripken Jr. introduced Surhoff, and the grounds crew began unrolling the tarp as the former outfielder and Most Valuable Oriole addressed the crowd.

Lightning flashed as team personnel removed the potted plants and flowers around the stage. A strong gust of wind lifted the orange carpet that led from the dugout steps to the field. But Surhoff pressed on.

The Orioles also announced the creation of an award to honor the team's top fans, named in honor of William "Wild Bill" Hagy, who died Monday.

The award will expand the Orioles Hall of Fame ceremonies, which currently include categories for on-field and non-uniform members of the organization. Fans who demonstrate an exceptional commitment in support of the team will be considered for the Wild Bill Hagy Award.

Hagy, a fan since 1954 who led cheers from section 34 at Memorial Stadium, will be the first recipient.

Around the horn

Jaret Wright, who hasn't pitched since April 29 because of a sore shoulder, is scheduled to throw one-inning today at Double-A Bowie. ... The Orioles optioned pitcher Jim Johnson to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for Radhames Liz on the 25-man roster. ... Asked whether he'd consider contacting Surhoff if there's an opening on the coaching staff next season, Trembley said, "I'd be foolish not to."

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

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