MASN or not, Bordick likely to have expanded role with Orioles

January 12, 2012|By Dan Connolly

Before former Orioles shortstop Mike Bordick began talking with MASN about becoming a color analyst for 2012, he was already in line for expanded duties within the Orioles organization.

And that likely won’t change even if Bordick is hired by the Orioles-run television station, according to Orioles player development director John Stockstill.

Bordick is expected to be the organization’s minor league base running and infield coordinator in 2012 and will also work more closely with Stockstill to have an expanded voice in player placement as the season progresses.

In other words, Bordick, who was a candidate to be a big league coach this season before Buck Showalter filled his staff, will now be dabbling in some front office duties as well as instructing and, potentially, doing TV work.

“He is a unique individual that will make a great major league coach or could even be a major league manager one day or will have a role in a front office,” Stockstill said. “Therefore we will utilize his expertise in a number of expanded areas within the new organizational structure.”

For the past two years, Bordick has been the organization’s coordinator of offensive fundamentals, working with minor leaguers on honing skill sets such as bunting and base running. He also helped out the major league players at times, including in spring training.

With his new responsibilities, the former major league shortstop of 14 seasons will conduct fielding and base-running instruction and will have personnel working under him for the first time. It’s also likely he will carve out specific time for some of the organization’s more heralded infield prospects such as Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop.

At this point, Stockstill is hopeful there won’t be a major conflict with MASN given that most of spring training will not be televised, that the minor league seasons end at the beginning of September and that Bordick lives in Baltimore, a short drive to most of the club’s affiliates. Essentially, the Orioles will try to make it work for Bordick to juggle both responsibilities.

Bordick told The Sun on Wednesday that he was meeting with MASN officials again today about an analyst position that would commit him to no more than 81 games this season. The network has been searching for someone to split time with Hall of Famer Jim Palmer after the August death of popular ex-Oriole and MASN analyst Mike Flanagan.

Bordick said Wednesday that he also hopes to continue to be a minor league instructor.
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