Some minor notes about O's system

ROCH AROUND THE CLOCK

The Kickoff

October 03, 2007|By ROCH KUBATKO

I wanted to pass along reliever Jim Hoey's thoughts on a minor league manager and pitching coach:

"The manager at Delmarva, Gary Kendall, is amazing at how he's a motivational speaker and a coach. ... And you get to Double-A and Scott McGregor is an awesome pitching coach. More of a laid-back type who lets you do your thing."

Mo Hill, a coach at Double-A, said the affiliates are giving the same instruction at each level that's found at the major league level.

"It all starts in spring training, the fundamental part of it, making sure we're all on the same page with the major leagues, just in case there's a player to be moved up."

Orioles manager Dave Trembley wonders why Garrett Olson doesn't throw more strikes.

"I don't think it's something in the minor leagues they didn't do to prepare him," Trembley said. " ... These guys get an opportunity when they come here, and it's their responsibility to run with it."

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

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