Former Oriole Hoiles Steps Down As York Manager

Minor League Baseball

August 06, 2009|By From Sun staff reports

Citing personal reasons, former Orioles catcher Chris Hoiles is stepping down as manager of the York (Pa.) Revolution, a position he has held since before the club's inaugural 2007 season, team officials announced Wednesday.

Hoiles, a member of the Orioles Hall of Fame who played in Baltimore from 1989 to 1998, guided York to the independent Atlantic League playoffs last season.

"This is one of the toughest decisions I've had to make," Hoiles said in a statement. "I have appreciated the opportunity to join the York community and assist in building the Revolution from the ground up. My family has grown very fond of York and of Revolution fans who supported us during our three seasons here. Our hope is to stay close to the team."

Longtime Orioles bullpen catcher Sam Snider, York's bench coach, will take over as manager on an interim basis. Snider ran the Orioles' bullpen for 21 seasons, most recently in 2007.

A number of former Orioles have been involved in the Revolution's brief history. It began with an ownership group that includes Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson, now immortalized in bronze on Brooks Robinson Way outside the York stadium. Hoiles' first coaching staff included former Orioles reliever Tippy Martinez, outfielder Al Bumbry and third baseman Ryan Minor.

Revolution officials did not immediately return calls and Hoiles could not be reached for comment Wednesday, but team president Jon Danos said, in a statement: "Chris is a good man who made a significant contribution to the York Revolution in our most formative stages. We offer him our gratitude and support in the future and look forward to a continued association with him and his family."

Hoiles hit .262 with 151 home runs and 449 RBIs in parts of 10 major league seasons. His best season at the plate came in 1993, when he hit .310 with 29 homers and 82 RBIs.

Hoiles compiled a 161-200 record in York, his first managerial job after spending the previous two seasons as the top assistant at Eastern Michigan.

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