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Posted on: May 4, 2011 10:44 am
Edited on: May 4, 2011 2:49 pm
 

Pepper: Phillies symbol of Latin transformation

By Evan Brunell

LATIN Phillies: When Orioles third base coach Juan Samuel played for the Phillies in the late 80s, he was lucky if he had one teammate of fellow Latin descent. There were years when he was the lone one. Those were the memories Samuel recalled all these years later, even as Philadelphia has changed its fortunes with eight Latin representatives on the active roster.

"When I came to spring training, I'm like, 'We have our own little neighborhood over here,' " Samuel said earlier in the season. "I was joking with Danys Baez and Carlos Ruiz in spring training. I called that end of the clubhouse the barrio. 'Let me go to the barrio and talk to the guys.' "

Most of that increase comes with the explosion in the game of Latin players, which has increased the level of talent and given these players more teammates to identify with. That's important to these players.

"Every organization has a signed a lot of players from Venezuela, Panama, Dominican Republic, Cuba, everywhere," reliever Danys Baez said. "So most of the time there are a lot of guys to talk to and share experiences from when you were a younger age.

"It's very important. Sometimes it's good even when you're supposed to talk in English. When you're learning, it's important to have somebody to talk to. Again, you can tell them about how it was when you were younger and how things were in your country. What it's like. Because every [Latin] country is different. So it's good to have somebody to share that kind of experience with."

The increasing globalization of the game is a good thing. Hispanic players now are a healthy percentage, but there is still much work to be done. Japanese players are coming to the states with increasing frequency, but the decline of African-Americans is concerning. MLB is to be commended for its efforts so far to reverse that trend, though, and are also making significant in-roads in European markets. (Philadelphia Daily News)

WHIZ KID: Growing up a Red Sox fan, I'm not a fan of Sports Illustrated covers because of its featuring of Nomar Garciaparra in the famous (at least, it's famous locally) "A Cut Above" cover; that cover ran around the time Nomar's career took a permanent turn for the worse after being hit by a pitch on the wrist. SI also predicted a World Series victory in 2000 for Boston with yet another cover... except it would take four more years for that ring. (And yes, I remember both covers well.) Ah, the Sports Illustrated jinx... well, anyways, SI.com is touting Starlin Castro on its next cover. Manager Mike Quade was quick to speculate on whether the dreaded jinx applied to Castro.

"How many do you have to deal with?" Quade said. "You have the sophomore [jinx], the S.I. [jinx]. If there's two jinxes, do they cancel each other out?" (MLB.com)

HEART-ATTACK ROBBERY: This is a disgusting story to write, but here goes: in early April, a Pirates usher was found dead in the middle of the street with only a superficial head injury. Turns out he was suffering a heart attack in the car. Along comes a 17-year-old who pulled the usher out of his car -- not to help, but to rob him of his wallet and car, leave the usher dying in the street. That 17-year-old was just arrested for the robbery, although he will not be charged with homicide. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

EMPTY SEATS: Low attendance is starting to scare some in the game, and several St. Louis reporters write about what the 3 percent dropoff at Busch Stadium thus far might mean. Here's the thing: it's just too early. Once school comes out and the weather warms up, one will be able to better evaluate the numbers. It seems as if every April we have this discussion, although gas prices and a housing market that many predict has hit rock-bottom may prove a tipping point. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

SIX-MAN ROTATION: Rotations these days are growing, even if there isn't any clear evidence that a five-man rotation is any better than a fourth. The White Sox may try their hand at a six-man rotation when Jake Peavy returns, both to ease him back into game action and to keep an impressive Phil Humber in the rotation. (Chicago Tribune)

BANGED-UP Twins: The Twins placed DH Jim Thome on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday night and recalled shortstop Trevor Plouffe, who will handle short until Tsuyoshi Nishioka returns. Incumbent shortstop Alexi Casilla is being shifted to second where he indicates he is more comfortable. But it doesn't stop there -- manager Ron Gardenhire said that outfielder Jason Repko is probably headed to the DL with Ben Revere being recalled. (Star Tribune)

BELT'S BACK: Or rather, he will be eventually. Belt is tearing up Triple-A and with the injuries the Giants have been hit with lately, Belt could be back in the majors sooner rather than later. The only problem is who the team kicks off the squad in the outfield -- Nate Schierholtz is already going to be dumped for Andres Torres once Torres returns from the DL. It's too bad Belt can't play shortstop.

LIFE IN SEATTLE: The Mariners were 4-11 before embarking on a 5-1 streak that ended with a loss Sunday to the Red Sox, but there's life in Seattle once more. Peter Gammons has more. (MLB.com)

RETURNING MARINERS: Life in Seattle will only get better once the team is back at full strength. The nearing return of closer David Aardsma and progress of center fielder Franklin Gutierrez, then, are things to be celebrated. (Seattle Times)

PAY ATTENTION: The Royals are stepping up warning fans of the danger of batted balls and bats after a four-year-old suffered a fractured skull after being hit with a foul ball. There's some discussion in the article of expanding the netting behind home plate all the way to the foul poles. Sounds awful, right? Is it more awful than a four-year-old's shattered skull? (Kansas City Star)

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Posted on: November 11, 2010 2:14 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2010 3:51 pm
 

Samuel joins Phillies' staff

Juan Samuel Juan Samuel, the interim manager in Baltimore last season, is back where he made his name, Philadelphia.

Samuel re-joins the Phillies as their third-base coach and outfield instructor. Sam Perlozzo, another former Orioles manager, moves from third base to first base.

Samuel was the Orioles' third-base coach before serving as the interim manager following Dave Trembley's firing. Baltimore was 17-34 under Samuel, who was replaced by Buck Showalter.

Samuel was a three-time All-Star with the Phillies in the 80s. He played seven seasons in Philadelphia (1983-89).

Speaking of Phillies coaches, former Philadelphia hitting coach Milt Thompson has been hired as the Astros' minor league outfielder/baserunning coordinator.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 9, 2010 9:28 am
 

Samuel could choose Phillies over O's


Orioles manager Buck Showalter is back to the drawing board in his hunt for a bench coach now that Don Wakamatsu has chosen Toronto as his fall-back position if he doesn't get the Mets job. He also is without a third-base coach as he waits for a decision from Juan Samuel.

Samuel was interim manager for 51 games last season before he lost out to Showalter for the permanent gig. He's been invited to return to his old job as third-base coach, though the prospect of going back after sitting in the big chair has to be awkward. And an attractive opportunity has arisen that might be a more attractive option. Davey Lopes left as Phillies first-base coach, and Samuel has ties to the team, having played seven years in Philadelphia.

The Phillies haven't offered Samuel the job, but it at least looks like his return to Baltimore is in doubt.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 2, 2010 6:15 pm
 

Ex-O's skipper Samuel returning to coach third

Samuel When Buck Showalter took over the Orioles, he wanted to retain Juan Samuel (pictured) as third-base coach even though Samuel had immediately preceded him as interim manager.

While Samuel said no then, he is saying yes now.

"It looks like I’m going to be back," Samuel told the Baltimore Sun , saying the only thing left is to talk to president Andy MacPhail about the contract. "[Showalter and I] had some good conversations, and I want to come back and I’ll be coaching third."

As Showalter rounds out his pitching staff, he can cross out one priority off the list: finding a Spanish-speaking coach. That's Samuel, who was third-base coach for Baltimore from 2007 up until taking over for the fired Dave Trembley. He will also work with the infielders, with the vacant first-base coach being assigned outfielders.

"It kind of surprised me a little bit when I got a phone call that [Buck] was going to call me. I was like, ‘Oh, boy,’" Samuel said. "But I think if I start [at third base] in spring training, the transition will be much easier. It was so uncomfortable to stay in that role [in August], but now I am looking forward to starting from scratch in spring training."

While Showalter hasn't officially named his staff, the hitting coach is Jim Presley while the bullpen coach stays Rick Adair. The club is negotiating with Mark Connor to take over as pitching coach, and Don Wakamatsu is expected to be named bench coach if and when he misses out on the managerial vacancies. That leaves first-base as a wide open spot, with Astros coach Wayne Kirby thought to be in the lead.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 2, 2010 1:22 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:06 pm
 

Jays get permission to interview Roenicke

Ron Roenicke The Blue Jays have received permission to interview Angels bench coach Ron Roenicke for their managerial position, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register writes . Cito Gaston is retiring after the season.

Toronto has also received permission to interview Rockies bench coach Don Baylor and have interviewed former Diamondbacks and Indians manager Eric Wedge. Plunkett reporters former Orioles interim manager Juan Samuel, Yankees coach Rob Thompson and Jays coach Brian Butterfield are also candidates.

Roenicke served as the team's first base coach before moving to bench coach when Joe Maddon was hired as Tampa's manager. Roenicke interviewed with the Indians last fall.

Roenicke's nephew, Josh, is a reliever with the Blue Jays.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 2, 2010 11:17 am
 

Samuel won't join Showalter's staff in Baltimore


Juan Samuel, who served as the Orioles interim manager before Buck Showalter took over today, will keep getting  a paycheck from Peter Angelos.

Samuel served as the third base coach under Dave Trembley but didn't want to return to that position under Showalter. Instead, the native of the Dominican Republic will return to his home country and oversee the team's operations there, the Baltimore Sun 's Jeff Zrebiec reports.

The rest of the coaching staff is expected to remain intact through the rest of the season.

Samuel said he believed it would be best for the players if he didn't stay on staff when Showalter took over. Showalter reportedly contacted Samuel to try to persuade him to stay on the staff.

As noted by Zrebiec, it's unlikely Samuel isn't in uniform somewhere next season:
Should he leave the Orioles after this season, Samuel, who had a 16-year playing career and is a well-respected coach, should have no problem finding a coaching job for next year. He is very popular in Philadelphia, where he was a two-time All-Star over seven seasons with the Phillies. He also is very close with several managers and coaches around the league, including the Cleveland Indians' Manny Acta, who nearly hired him for the Washington Nationals' staff a couple of seasons ago. He also has close ties with Toronto Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston, who is retiring after the season and will undoubtedly have some say on his successor. -- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 1, 2010 8:13 pm
Edited on: August 1, 2010 8:16 pm
 

Samuel's stint as O's manager ends with L

Juan Samuel Juan Samuel's tenure as the Orioles' interim manager ended with a 5-4 loss to the Royals on Sunday. Samuel, who took over for Dave Trembley, went 17-34 in his tenure as the Orioles' skipper. That was actually an improvement over Trembley's 15-39 mark.

Buck Showalter will take over for the Orioles on Tuesday, and it's unlikely he'll have any better luck, considering the Orioles are just plain bad.

"You wish it would have ended differently with a few more wins here, but we have nothing to be ashamed of," Samuel told the Baltimore Sun 's Jeff Zrebiec . "These guys played hard. All these games came down to the last at-bat and that's all you can hope for."

Samuel will meet with Orioles' president Andy MacPhail on Monday morning and Zrebiec says Samuel is expected to resign rather than stay on Showalter's staff as the third base coach, the position he held under Trembley.

"I enjoyed my time here," Samuel said. "It was nothing but a good experience. It puts [my name] out there a little more knowing that I can do this."

Samuel will certainly get more interviews out of this, his players spoke highly of him and it's not like Earl Weaver could put this team in contention.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 23, 2010 5:24 pm
 

Wigginton to appeal suspension


Ty Wigginton The Orioles' Ty Wigginton will appeal his three-game suspension and $2,500 for his outburst against umpire Gary Darling on Thursday, the Baltimore Sun reports .

Wigginton is a popular trade target at the  moment and his appeal could hurt his trade value -- or at least the immediacy of a trade. Wigginton is in the lineup for the Orioles tonight against the Twins.

It seems inevitable Wigginton will be moved by next week's trade deadline, and the best-case scenario for the Orioles is to have Wigginton's suspension behind him before the deadline.

For his part, Wigginton told the Sun he was surprised by the suspension, even though he did make contact, it was in the classic Oriole way with an Earl Weaver-like belly bump.

"I've never been suspended and it's only my second ejection that I can remember," Wigginton said. "The other one I just got a little fine and it was over with. This is the first time there's been anything else. We'll figure out how it works."

Wigginton said he didn't think he bumped Darling, but it appeared pretty clear on replays that he did.

Baltimore manager Juan Samuel is also expected to be fined, but not suspended.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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