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By Tom Keegan and Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer | November 2, 1994
Don Buford was given the title of assistant director of player development, scouting director Gary Nickels signed a four-year contract extension and his assistant Fred Uhlman Jr. received a two-year deal, the Orioles announced yesterday."
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By Pat Stoetzer and Baltimore Sun Media Group | October 8, 2014
He grew up not far from Baltimore, wore No. 8 in Little League to emulate Cal Ripken Jr. , and has many fond memories of his days as a die-hard Orioles fan. But if Scott Sharp makes it to Camden Yards for the American League Championship Series, he won't be wearing a speck of orange or black. Those colors faded long ago for the Sykesville native. Sharp, 41, is the Kansas City Royals' director of player development, and he's quite happy to be sporting royal blue these days as his team prepares to face the Orioles in the ALCS.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,SUN REPORTER | October 9, 2007
The Orioles began their four-day organizational meetings in Sarasota, Fla., yesterday with dozens of scouts and members of the front office breaking down the long-term future of the team and its affiliates. Short-term decisions, such as the fate of manager Dave Trembley's coaching staff and who will become second in charge to president Andy MacPhail, will not be made while the group is gathered in Florida. "Nothing is going to happen this week," MacPhail said. "This is the time to download information from those that have been out in the field and to make the needed institutional changes that we feel will help us."
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
The Ravens threw a surprise birthday party for Ravens senior advisor of player development O.J. Brigance on Friday with coach John Harbaugh and the entire team crowding into the cafeteria to sing "Happy Birthday" and present Brigance with a cake. Outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil delivered a short message to Brigance, who thanked the team, about how he's inspired by his example. Brigance turns 45 on Monday. A retired former Ravens linebacker, Brigance was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2007.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | September 21, 2001
TORONTO - The Orioles have begun a series of significant changes within their player development system by dismissing Bowie manager Dave Machemer and roving minor-league pitching coordinator Bo McLaughlin while also initiating a search for the long-vacant position of director of organizational instruction. "The thought is that people now hired will fit in the direction the organization is now going - younger players with teaching and instruction recognized much more," director of player development Don Buford said.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
As a band played during his New Orleans-themed 45th birthday party Saturday night at Pimlico Race Course, Ravens senior advisor of player development O.J. Brigance smiled as he enjoyed the festivities. Diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerocis in 2007, the retired former Ravens linebacker is upbeat about the success of the popular Ice Bucket Challenge and the money and awareness it's raising for ALS research. ALS is a degenerative motor neuron disease also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | October 16, 1998
One season into his new job as the Orioles' first base coach, Carlos Bernhardt is returning to the Dominican Republic to serve again as director of scouting and oversee the club's year-round player development program.Bernhardt, 48, who lives with his wife and three teen-age children in San Pedro de Macoris, had spent his first 13 years in the organization as scouting supervisor in the Dominican. He signed more than 200 players, including reliever Armando Benitez. Bernhardt also managed the Orioles' Dominican summer-league entry until manager Ray Miller added him to the major-league staff in January.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | October 10, 1998
He no longer lives with the pressure of producing yards on the football field, yet Earnest Byner has never stopped running.Six months into the next phase of his professional career, Byner sits in his office at the Ravens' complex in Owings Mills, as the sights and sounds swirl around him.Byner is jotting down phone messages and thinking about the practice that begins in a few hours, while watching tape of the Tennessee Oilers. The soothing jazz of Thelonious Monk wafts from his portable stereo.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | March 30, 2003
FORT MYERS, Fla. - It can be done. If the Minnesota Twins, working under severe budget constraints and the threat of contraction, can build a competitive team from the ground up, it certainly can be done in Baltimore. The Twins reached the playoffs last year with a roster full of young stars who came up through the organization and weathered some difficult rebuilding years. They remain well-configured to defend their American League Central title, though they can expect to get a strong argument from the improved Chicago White Sox. Though it seems like an amazing success story, general manager Terry Ryan said there is nothing amazing about it. The young, exciting Twins are the product of old-fashioned baseball values.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | September 10, 2002
The optimists within the Orioles organization point to the two playoff teams in their farm system and the number of draft picks under contract as proof the minor-league season wasn't a complete bust. The pessimists total all the losses, the injuries and the prospects who disappointed, and call for sweeping changes. But it's not clear who could be wielding the broom. The contracts of Syd Thrift, vice president for baseball operations, director of minor-league operations Don Buford and scouting director Tony DeMacio expire after the season.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
As a band played during his New Orleans-themed 45th birthday party Saturday night at Pimlico Race Course, Ravens senior advisor of player development O.J. Brigance smiled as he enjoyed the festivities. Diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerocis in 2007, the retired former Ravens linebacker is upbeat about the success of the popular Ice Bucket Challenge and the money and awareness it's raising for ALS research. ALS is a degenerative motor neuron disease also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
Retired Ravens star middle linebacker Ray Lewis and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake are scheduled to attend Ravens senior advisor of player development O.J. Brigance's family fun run Saturday morning in Canton. The Brigance Brigade 5.7K event at Canton Waterfront Park features a timed 5.7K run, a 1-mile run-walk and a kids' fun run. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the race starts at 8 a.m. Besides Lewis and Rawlings-Blake, Ravens Pro Bowl offensive guard Marshal Yanda, team president Dick Cass and actor Josh Charles are also confirmed to attend.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2014
For a Washington College team that returned six starters and ranked No. 8 in the most recent United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association poll, Saturday's 15-8 victory over No. 15 Washington and Lee might not be terribly significant for a program that has qualified for the last two NCAA tournaments. But for a Shoremen squad that boasts four new starters and plays several more newcomers, the win could resonate for a long time, coach Jeff Shirk acknowledged. “I think it's a big deal,” he said Monday morning.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
Brian Graham, the Orioles' director of player development, has won this year's Sheldon “Chief” Bender Award presented by Minor League Baseball for meritorious service in player development. Graham, 53, rejoined the Orioles in 2008 as a special assignment coach in the minors and in 2009 became coordinator of minor league instruction. He was promoted to development director before last season. He has spent 32 years in professional baseball, including six with the Orioles. In 2000, he was part of Mike Hargrove's coaching staff.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2013
For Ravens players, Harry Swayne's office is unavoidable. It sits a couple of yards from a side entrance to the locker room and almost directly across from the lounge where players watch television, get haircuts or take naps during rare down time amid the NFL grind. Swayne played 15 years in the NFL and has four Super Bowl rings, but his work space, aside from mementos and a Ray Rice figurine in the center of his desk, more resembles the office of a high school guidance counselor than a long-time football man. A poster of the Ravens' college graduates hangs over his desk.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2013
Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette has added another longtime confidant to join the organization's front office On Friday afternoon, the Orioles announced the hiring of Kent Qualls to become the organization's director of minor league operations. Qualls has been the director of player development in Boston from 1998-2001 when Duquette was Red Sox GM, and he also worked under Duquette as director of minor league operations for the Expos from 1987-2004.
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April 3, 2000
College Kentucky: Named Janetta Owens director of player development for football. Youngstown State: Named Jon Heacock defensive coordinator.
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September 22, 2000
Baseball Angels: Agreed to two-year player development contract with Triple-A Salt Lake. Dodgers: Signed four-year player development contract with Double-A Jacksonville. Mariners: Signed two-year contract with Double-A San Antonio. Padres: Sent C George Williams outright to Triple-A Las Vegas. Reds: Announced two-year working agreement with Single-A Mudville. Basketball Grizzlies: Signed F Arijan Komazec. College Southern Conference: Named UNC-Greensboro's Bridgid O'Connell (Catonsville)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2012
In former Orioles outfielder Brady Anderson's new role as special assistant to executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, his duties will include mostly player development and conditioning tasks. Duquette said on a conference call Thursday that Anderson's role with the team will be different from  former Phillies general manager Lee Thomas, who shares the same title but handles more of an assistant general manager role under Duquette. The Orioles announced their hiring of Anderson, an Orioles Hall of Famer, on Thursday afternoon.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | October 27, 2011
For the first time since embarking on a search to find a new top executive, the Orioles are looking inward. On Friday, the team's committee will interview John Stockstill, the club's player-development director, for the position vacated when president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail stepped down this month. Stockstill, 51, joined the Orioles in December 2005 to be in charge of pro scouting and was given the title of international scouting director when the club began focusing efforts overseas in 2008.
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