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Minor stays with Shorebirds

Rev Spring Training

It was almost a foregone conclusion that Ryan Minor would eventually land a managing job in the Atlantic League — until the big names came a calling, that is.

Von Hayes. Gary Carter. Wally Backman. All had more panache then the former heir apparent to Cal Ripken Jr., leaving Minor to take his act to the Delmarva Shorebirds (the Single-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles) a season ago.

Minor served as the Shorebirds’ field coach in 2008 and he’ll return to Delmarva in the same capacity this season, according to a news release from the Orioles. Minor is a Salisbury, Md. resident, which is very close to Delmarva, so the proximity to his family is a definite perk of the position.

As most of you will remember, Minor was the York Revolution’s hitting coach in the club’s inaugural season and he also had a successful ride with the Lancaster Barnstormers at the tail end of his career. Prior to that, he was a solid basketball player at Oklahoma before eventually choosing baseball and replacing Ripken on the night his infamous consecutive-games-played streak ended.

Minor had this to say about managing in the Atlantic League in Feb. of 2006.

“If you coach, you might as well manage,” Minor said. “Especially at this level, it helps being able to manage ex-big leaguers, and you’re not starting with rookie level talent. It definitely gives you some good experience.” 

Drug SuspensionsGibbons signed: In other Atlantic League news, Jay Gibbons will continue his comeback attempt with the Florida Marlins organization.

Gibbons, who was cut loose by the Orioles not too long after his name appeared in the Mitchell Report, made a brief appearance with the Long Island Ducks last year before earning an affiliated deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. He was signed to a minor league contract, according to the Baltimore Sun, which includes an invitation to spring training. The outfielder/designated hitter will turn 32 in March.

He was also considered a potential addition for the Revolution last season, especially because bench coach Sam Snider had a relationship with Gibbons. But he ultimately chose the Ducks, opting to remove himself from the passionate Orioles fans one will find in York. 

Gibbons hit .308 with five home runs and 17 RBIs in 34 games while with the Brewers late last season. He split time between Double-A and Triple-A.


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