Oct 29, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT
Earlier this week the Orioles announced that longtime hitting coach Terry Crowley will move into a “hitting evaluator” job that involves working with both minor leaguers and major leaguers, and today Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that Baltimore will hire Jim Presley to replace him.
Presley, who previously worked with manager Buck Showalter in Arizona and spent the past four seasons as Florida’s hitting coach until being fired in June, is expected to get a two-year contract.
He’ll be taking over a tough job, as the Orioles ranked second-to-last in runs scored this season and haven’t had an above-average offense since 2004, when Melvin Mora led the team in OPS and Miguel Tejada drove in 150 runs. With that said, Presley has some promising young players to work with in Adam Jones, Matt Wieters, Nolan Reimold, Josh Bell, and Felix Pie. And even Nick Markakis is still just 26 years old.
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