Minor stays with Shorebirds

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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.

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Hoiles: Contract in the mail

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Who knew that a harmless, coincidental meeting between two friends in a hotel lobby in Las Vegas could cause this much of a ruckus?

Well, unfortunately, Chris Hoiles found himself in a precarious situation after running into MASN’s Roch Kubatko at Major League Baseball’s winter meetings this week.

After the two caught up for a bit, Kubatko went on to write that Hoiles had yet to sign his contract to return as York Revolution manager — thus leaving Revolution nation dumbfounded on whether the only skipper they have ever known would return for another year. (Atlantic League Baseball News pointed out Kubatko’s post on Dec. 9).

But the entire speculation of Hoiles joining the Baltimore Orioles’ staff is entirely premature. Yes, he would like to work for the organization he spent 10 years with some day. But nothing is imminent, Hoiles has his contract to return to the Revolution — although it won’t be signed and mailed until Monday, when he returns from Vegas — and it seems that this entire scenario was a misunderstanding.

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Hoiles returns

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A season after helping the York Revolution garner its first ever playoff appearance, Chris Hoiles has been rewarded for his efforts.

The only manager the Revolution has ever known will return for a third season in 2009. The length of Hoiles’ contract was not immediately divulged in a Wednesday news release from the team.

Hoiles, 43, a Wayne, Ohio native, helped York capture the second-half Freedom Division title last summer with a 41-29 second-half record. That effort led York into the playoffs for the first time in its two-year history and the Revs were ousted by Somerset, 2-0, in a best-of-three series.

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Hoiles still waiting for a contract

Editor’s Note: This column appeared in Friday’s York Dispatch.

As the clock moved toward midnight, he made his rounds around the locker room, checking on every man like a general minding his troops.

First, there came a stop at the wounded. Were Jason Aspito’s arms OK after a full-out desperation dive on the warning track that almost saved the season?

Then came the veterans. The stops at the lockers of Chris Ashby and Keoni De Renne — the guys who in all likelihood will opt for retirement and will never suit up for him again.

And after he had made his way around the entire room, shaking the hands of all 25 men — and hugging most of them too — Chris Hoiles took a moment to reflect. He said his men had battled brilliantly; that he would take all of them back next year in a heartbeat.

He beamed with pride when explaining how this blend of differing souls came together to give York a thrilling stretch run that produced the first pro baseball playoff appearance the city had witnessed since 1969.

And then you have to ask the obvious question: In a world where some managers act like classless idiots, how is it even remotely possible that Hoiles does not have a contract to manage the York Revolution for a third season?

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Snider added to Revs’ staff

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The York Revolution stayed true to form on Monday — announcing former Baltimore Orioles’ bullpen catcher Sam Snider as the final member of the 2008 coaching staff.

Snider spent the last 27 seasons in the Orioles’ organization after joining the club in 1980 to help with batting practice and the bullpen. The Chambersburg native was a roommate of Chris Hoiles when the Revs’ skipper played for the Birds, so adding him to York’s staff makes sense. He was hired by Lancaster earlier in the off-season before Ryan Minor was signed by the Delmarva Shorebirds.

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