Looking for the stability that comes with making an in house hire, the Orioles jerseys have named David Stockstill as their director of minor league operations.
Stockstill replaces Doc Rodgers, whose contract wasn’t renewed after two years on the job.
The Orioles jerseys interviewed only two candidates, including assistant Tripp Norton, who will remain in his present capacity. They still must hire a scouting director to replace Tony DeMacio and will interview their East Coast cross checker, Jeff Taylor, today at the B warehouse before the general managers meetings begin next week in Key Biscayne, Fla.
Stockstill, 47, has been part of the Orioles jerseys’ minor league staff for 11 years. He spent the past two seasons as field and hitting coordinator.
“I think what they had in mind was myself or someone else who does know the system and does know the people,” he said. “I think there have been enough people coming in and out. They wanted somebody who was a familiar face.”
Stockstill was a roving minor league hitting instructor from 1994 to 2001 and became the field coordinator in 2002 before replacing Double A Bowie manager Dave Cash for the second half of the season. The Baysox improved to 26 26 with Stock still as manager.
The Orioles jerseys gave Stockstill a two year contract as director of minor league operations after interviewing him two weeks ago.
“I’m very familiar with the organization, and I think I have the trust and the respect of the staff and the players,” he said. “I think I bring the perspective of being on the field for such a long time and knowing how the authentic jerseys wholesale players and the staff react to situations. I really hope the field experience I have will be a great asset in this job.”
Norton has been in charge since Rodgers left.
“Now that a decision has been made, we can put this behind us and move forward and work on our normal offseason things, like minor league free agents and budgets,” Norton said.
Stockstill played professionally for 16 years after signing with the Chicago Cubs jerseys as a free agent in 1978. He spent eight seasons in the Chicago Cubs jerseys, Texas Rangers jerseys, San Francisco Giants jerseys and Montreal Expos farm systems before moving to the Mexican League in 1986. He finished with a .342 career average, third on the league’s all time list.
“We liked the idea of hiring from within,” said Jim Beattie, executive vice president of baseball operations. “We talked to a few people in the organization about him. . We gave him the edge in respect to knowing the players, knowing all the good things that had happened in the last couple of years and the things we want to try to continue and making the changes that will continue to improve us. So it’s not starting all over again with someone new trying to change dramatically what was going on.”
The Orioles jerseys plan to interview two or three candidates for scouting director, with meetings likely to take place next week. Beattie and vice president Mike Flanagan will oversee both departments rather than hiring someone to handle that chore.
Reliever Buddy Groom has been told, through his agent, the Orioles jerseys won’t pick up his $3 million option, but he’s open to returning as a free agent.
“They said they might be willing to sign me back,” he said. “I would consider it because they’ve got some money and they’re going to try to make a [playoff] run. I’ve been through this for five years, and I want to be a part of that. I want to be with a team that’s going to have that chance. I’m not getting any younger, and I want a chance to feel that playoff atmosphere.”