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2015 Field Staff

Manager: Ryan Minor

Record as Shorebirds manager (4 seasons, 2010-2012, 2014) - 232-325 

Minor, 41, returned as skipper of the Shorebirds in 2014 following a one year stay with High-A Frederick. Minor's 232 wins with Delmarva are the most in team history. The 2015 season will mark his seventh season on the Shorebirds coaching staff. Minor also spent two seasons (2008-09) as the hitting coach for the Shorebirds.

 

"I am excited for the opportunity to return to Delmarva for the upcoming season," said Minor. "Getting to work in my hometown close to my family and the people of the Delmarva Peninsula that have been great to me over the years is something I look forward to."

 

Minor was influential in the development of current Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, who played for the Shorebirds in 2011. Minor also helped develop other prospects such as Michael Ohlman, Jonathan Schoop, and Steve Bumbry.

 

Minor, a longtime resident of Salisbury with his wife Allyson and two children Reagan (7) and Finley (1), enjoyed a four-year run in the major leagues from 1998 through 2001. He spent his first three years with the Orioles and his final season with the Montreal Expos. In 142 major league games, he recorded 56 hits and connected on five home runs.

 

Minor's playing career is best remembered for replacing Cal Ripken, Jr. at third base on September 20, 1998 when the consecutive games streak of 2,632 came to a close.

 

The Orioles drafted Minor in the 33rd round of the 1996 First Year Player Draft out of the University of Oklahoma. In 1997, he played for Shorebirds and was an SAL All-Star third baseman. He batted .307 with 24 home runs and 97 RBIs. Minor still owns the franchise single season records for hits (150), RBIs (97) and doubles (42).

 

Minor also owns a decorated college basketball career. He is sixth all-time in scoring at Oklahoma with 1,946 points. Minor was named the AP Big Eight (now Big 12) Player of the Year following the 1994-95 season when he averaged 23.6 points and 8.4 rebounds. He was selected in the second round (32nd overall) of the 1996 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.

 

Hitting Coach: Howie Clark

Clark, 41, joins the Shorebirds as the team's hitting coach for the 2015 season. This will be Clark's first season with Delmarva, and his first as a coach at the professional level.

Clark brings a bevy of experience to the Eastern Shore, as he hit .291 in 1,593 career minor league games over 18 seasons. He also appeared in 134 Major League games for three different teams between 2002 and 2008 and made his debut with the Baltimore Orioles on July 16, 2002.

 

Pitching Coach: Blaine Beatty

Beatty, 50, returns to the Shorebirds for the first time since 2012 after serving as the pitching coach of the Double-A Bowie Baysox the previous two seasons. 

His playing career spanned 11 seasons from 1986-1997, where he appeared in 296 minor league games and posted a record of 121-69 with an ERA of 3.26. He also appeared in seven games for the New York Mets between 1989 and 1991.

After his playing days, Beatty broke into coaching with the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he served as a pitching coach from 1998-2002. After a stint with the Mets from 2003-2005, he joined the Orioles in 2006 where he has remained since.