BALTIMORE, Md. -- The Delmarva Shorebirds, Class-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, along with the Baltimore Orioles are pleased to announce the 2017 Delmarva Shorebirds Coaching Staff.
Ryan Minor returns as Delmarva's manager for the fourth straight year and seventh overall. During his Shorebirds managerial career, he has racked up a total of 376 wins, making Minor the winningest manager in franchise history.
The 2017 season will be Minor's 10th as a coach or manager in the Orioles' organization.
Minor will be joined in Delmarva by Justin Lord, the club's pitching coach. Lord also served as the pitching coach for the Shorebirds in 2013. He has been a pitching coach for the Aberdeen Ironbirds the last three seasons. Lord played in the Kansas City Royals' and Pittsburgh Pirates' organizations for a total of five years before closing out his playing career with the independent St. Paul Saints in the American Association.
The Shorebirds' new hitting coach will be Buck Britton, brother of Baltimore Orioles pitcher and former Delmarva Shorebird, Zach Britton. Buck was also a Shorebird when he played three games for the club in 2009 after being drafted by Baltimore in the 35th round of the 2008 draft. This will be the first season that Buck will be a coach, as he just ended a nine year Minor League playing career, most recently with the Rochester Redwings of the Minnesota Twins organization.
Marty Brinker enters his first season as Delmarva's athletic trainer after serving in the same capacity for the past two seasons with the Aberdeen Ironbirds.
"We are excited to welcome the new members of the coaching staff along with some familiar faces as well. We look forward to this staff being able to lead the Shorebirds to a successful 2017 season on the diamond," said Shorebirds General Manager, Chris Bitters.
The Shorebirds are scheduled to play an exhibition game against Salisbury University on Tuesday, April 4th at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium at 6:05 PM. Opening Night at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium is set for Thursday, April 13th against the Hagerstown Suns at 7:05 PM after the Shorebirds begin their 2017 season on the road.
Ticket plans can now be purchased online at www.theshorebirds.com. For group outing information, contact the Shorebirds at 410-219-3112.
The Delmarva Shorebirds are the Class "A" Affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The Shorebirds are owned by
7th Inning Stretch, LLC, the same company that owns the Stockton Ports of the California League and the Everett AquaSox of the Northwest League.
The Shorebirds celebrated their 20th season in 2015, and have entertained nearly five million fans since beginning play at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Md. in 1996. The team has captured South Atlantic League titles in 1997 and 2000 while successfully hosting the South Atlantic League All-Star Game in 1999 and 2011.
For more information on the Shorebirds, call 410-219-3112 or visit theshorebirds.com.