Trembley makes room on bench

Source: Manager set to hire Jauss as bench coach, completing staff overhaul

November 06, 2007|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN REPORTER

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The first day of baseball's general managers meetings came and went quietly, though the Orioles managed to get one thing accomplished. A team source said manager Dave Trembley is set to hire Dave Jauss as bench coach, which would complete an aggressive overhaul of the Orioles' coaching staff.

Jauss spent the past two seasons as the Los Angeles Dodgers' bench coach under manager Grady Little, who resigned last week and was replaced by former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre. Trembley was unavailable to comment yesterday, but a source said the Orioles might announce the hiring as early as today.

Jauss, 50, is the fourth addition to Trembley's coaching staff since August, joining pitching coach Rick Kranitz, first base coach John Shelby and bullpen coach Alan Dunn. Hitting coach Terry Crowley and third base coach Juan Samuel are the only coaches from last season's Opening Day staff that will return in the same capacity under Trembley, who started last season as the team's bullpen coach and was promoted to manager when Sam Perlozzo was fired.

Before spending the past two seasons next to Little on the Dodgers' bench, Jauss performed a variety of duties for the Boston Red Sox. He was their first base coach from 1997 to 1999, their minor league field coordinator in 2000, their bench coach in 2001, their director of player development in 2002 and an advance scout from 2003 to 2005.

He also managed three seasons in the Montreal Expos' system and was the Eastern League Manager of the Year with the Harrisburg Senators in 1994.

Trembley still is looking to add coaches to serve as bullpen catchers and throw batting practice after Sammy Snider, Rudy Arias and Orlando Gomez were not asked back to the major league staff for next season. Gomez most likely will stay in the organization and work with one of the Orioles' Single-A affiliates.

Trembley viewed finalizing the major league staff, an arduous task with the Orioles manager getting more than 100 calls from interested coaching candidates, as an important first accomplishment of the offseason. The next step will be trying to improve the Orioles' roster, a process that could start this week at the GM meetings.

Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail and executive vice president Mike Flanagan arrived at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress resort at 4:30 p.m. They exchanged pleasantries with New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman, who also was checking in, and retreated to their rooms.

MacPhail said he would touch base with several GMs last night at a cocktail hour and then formulate a schedule for the rest of the meetings, which end Thursday morning. The Orioles' executives will spend most of the week talking to other clubs and gauging interest in their players. Though MacPhail didn't rule it out, the Orioles don't figure to be very active in the free-agent market, but there also are plenty of agents attending the meetings.

"I'm looking forward to it," MacPhail said of talks with other clubs. "It will be an opportunity to watch my friends try to pick my pocket. It should be exciting."

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