The Orioles off season coaching shuffles continued last night as Wayne Kirby will replace John Shelby as the first base coach and outfield instructor. The news of Kirby’s addition was reported by Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun last evening.
Kirby, 46, has never coached in the majors but played professionally for 18 seasons, including eight in the big leagues for the Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets. He played all three outfield positions in the majors, the majority in right field. Kirby was part of the 1995 Indians team that lost to the Atlanta Braves in the World Series.
Buck Showalter’s coaching staff continues to take form as Kirby joins new hitting coach Jim Presley and bullpen coach Rick Adair. Juan Samuel and new pitching coach Mark Connor’s deals are still being negotiated, but are expected to be official in the near future.
What do you think of Wayne Kirby and the Orioles new coaching staff under Buck Showalter?