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Orioles announce 2021 coaching staff

Tony Mansolino
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The Orioles have announced their 2021 coaching staff and, as previously reported, Tony Mansolino will be their third base coach and infield instructor.

Mansolino, 38, will replace José Flores as third base and infield coach. Flores was not retained after two seasons on manager Brandon Hyde’s staff.

Mansolino, the son of longtime major league coach Doug Mansolino, comes from the Cleveland Indians organization, where he spent 10 seasons.

Last year, with the absence of Cleveland manager Terry Francona, Mansolino filled in as the team’s third base coach and has also been the team’s infield coordinator and a minor league coach and manager.

He spent four seasons in the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies organizations and concluded his playing career with three seasons of independent ball.

Mansolino and Chris Holt, who will replace Doug Brocail as the teams’ pitching coach, are the additions to Hyde’s staff.

Holt will continue to serve as the team’s director of pitching. He joined the Orioles shortly after Mike Elias was hired as the team’s top baseball executive in November 2018.

Brocail’s contract was not renewed after two seasons.

Darren Holmes, who was the Orioles’ bullpen coach last season, returns in that role and will assume the title of assistant pitching coach.

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The other coaches from 2020 will return this season: Tim Cossins, catching coach and field coordinator; Fredi González,  major league coach; José Hernandez, assistant hitting coach; Don Long, hitting coach; and Anthony Sanders, first base and outfield coach.

Cossins, Hernandez and Long are in their third seasons with the Orioles. González and Sanders are in their second season.

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Boog Robinson Robinson

    January 5, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    José Flores buh bye …. enough said.

    (but the rest of y’all, please feel free to pile on)

  2. dlgruber1

    January 5, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    The only minor surprise to me was retaining Cossins as catching coach. I thought defensively their catchers were subpar. Maybe they like the job he’s doing as “field coordinator”. By the way, what does a field coordinator do? They already have an outfield coach and an infield coordinator so I’m just curious.

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      January 5, 2021 at 6:33 pm

      I believe that position is responsible for coordinating the field.

    • CalsPals

      January 5, 2021 at 6:46 pm

      DL, I thought the same thing, very inadequate behind the plate, almost as glaring as guys around 3rd base…oh well…go O’s…

    • dlgruber1

      January 5, 2021 at 7:54 pm

      BRR, thanks for clearing that up for me. So, does he report to Nicole Sherry?

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        January 5, 2021 at 8:49 pm

        DL … I had to google Nicole Sherry … you made me laugh. Answer … I haven’t the foggiest clue who the field coordiantor reports to.

    • CalsPals

      January 6, 2021 at 8:14 am

      I think the field coordinator reports to the stadium coordinator, or Mikey…go O’s…

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