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The Orioles hire Mike Bordick

Dec 30, 2009, 4:00 PM EDT

You’d figure that if anyone was going to hire Mike Bordick as a coach it would be to coach defense considering, you know, that he was one of the best defensive players in the game back in the day.  Nope, he’s going to be a roving small ball coach:

The club signed a one-year deal with former Oriole Mike Bordick this month to become its new minor league offensive coordinator.

Bordick, 44, will be responsible for working with the club’s prospects
on offensive fundamentals such as base running, bunting and situational
hitting.

Well, that’s valuable too, I suppose.

It seems like a million years ago that Bordick played, let alone played for the Orioles. Then, looking him up a second ago, I was reminded that he was traded away from Baltimore for Melvin Mora. The Melvin Mora who was still playing for the O’s this past season. I’m not sure if that should make feel old or make me feel that Mora is old.

Not that we have to choose between one and the other.

  1. Dan Whitney - Dec 30, 2009 at 4:45 PM

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  2. Jeff V. - Dec 30, 2009 at 5:02 PM

    It is a good hire, Bordick was out of a job after the regime change in Toronto and doesn’t want to travel a lot so the O’s position is good for him since most of the O’s farm teams are a reasonable drive from the city.
    Now if they want to improve the major league baserunning they need to replace Juan Samuel and make sure that DT doesn’t get back into that bad hit and run habit he had for the first half of last season.
    Word is he is also willing to help with infielder defense.

  3. Grant - Dec 31, 2009 at 3:26 PM

    Orioles fans love Mike Bordick. He handled the whole “replacing Cal at short” thing perfectly. I suspect he’ll always be welcome in that organization.

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