Occupational hazard

ROCH AROUND THE CLOCK

The Kickoff

October 08, 2007|By ROCH KUBATKO

The Orioles aren't the only organization under construction at the moment. Orange cones are being placed around the Pittsburgh Pirates, who fired manager Jim Tracy and senior director of player development Brian Graham, among others.

If Graham's name sounds familiar, he was part of manager Mike Hargrove's coaching staff, but only for a brief period. Graham was relegated to being an eye-in-the-sky from the press box because the Orioles had too many field coaches, and Eddie Murray wasn't going to budge off first base.

Graham was one of my favorites, and his talents were wasted in Baltimore. He'll land on his feet.

If I'm Andy MacPhail and I can't lure B.J. Surhoff out of retirement, I'm placing a call to Graham. I wonder whether his name will come up in the organizational meetings.

Tracy's coaches were "encouraged" to seek other jobs. That includes former Orioles John Shelby and Jeff Manto.

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

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