Kendall back for 5th season with the Baysox

| February 28, 2015 | 1 Comment
Gary Kendall

Gary Kendall

The Bowie Baysox and the Baltimore Orioles have announced  the Baysox coaching staff for the 2015 season.  Baltimore native Gary Kendall returns for his fifth season as manager and is joined by a pair of new faces on the coaching staff in Pitching Coach Alan Mills and Field Coach Keith Bodie.

Kendall, the longest-tenured and winningest manager in franchise history, returns for a fifth season with the team as he begins his 16th season in the Orioles organization. In four seasons at the Baysox helm, Kendall has a 296-271 record and he led the team to the playoffs in 2012. Prior to joining the Baysox, Kendall spent three seasons managing the Short Season Aberdeen IronBirds.  Kendall began his coaching career with the Orioles as the Field Coach for the Rookie-level Bluefield Orioles (2000-2001) and the IronBirds (2002-2003) before making his managerial debut with Bluefield in 2004.  After that season he spent three years as the manager for the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds (2005-2007).  Kendall graduated from Sparrows Point High School in Baltimore and played at the Community College of Baltimore and Atlantic Christian College.   

Mills joins the Baysox for his first season as Pitching Coach after spending last season in the same position with the Delmarva Shorebirds. The Florida native is in his fifth season as a professional pitching coach and fourth in the Orioles organization. Mills spent the 2008 season as a coach in the Detroit Tigers organization before joining the Orioles in 2012 and coaching two seasons with the Aberdeen IronBirds. Drafted by the California Angels in 1986, Mills appeared in 474 Major League games over 12 seasons including 346 games with the Orioles and three postseason appearances (1996 ALCS, 1997 ALDS and ALCS). Mills spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons as Head Baseball Coach at his alma mater, Kathleen High School in Lakeland, Florida.

After 16 seasons with the Houston Astros organization, including the last three as Manager of Double-A Corpus Christi, Bodie joins the Orioles organization for his first year as the Baysox Field Coach. Bodie returned to the managerial ranks in 2012 with Corpus Christi after spending the 2010-11 seasons as Triple-A Oklahoma City’s hitting coach, and served as the hitting coach for both Corpus Christi (2009) and Class-A Salem (2007-08). He has served in various roles in professional baseball for five different organizations (Houston, San Francisco, Seattle, Kansas City, Washington) since he began his coaching career in 1983 with Class-A Auburn. The former player spent parts of 10 seasons in the Minor Leagues in the Mets (1974-79) and Astros (1980-82, 1985) organizations, playing in 869 games as an outfielder and third baseman. He was drafted by the Mets in the third round of the 1974 June draft out of South Shore High School in Brooklyn, NY.

Rounding out the Baysox coaching staff is Athletic Trainer Pat Wesley and Strength Coach Pat Armstrong. Wesley joins the Baysox after spending the past seven seasons in the same position with the Frederick Keys. In his 12th full season as an athletic trainer in the Orioles organization, Wesley also previously worked with the Bluefield Orioles (2004-2005), Aberdeen IronBirds (2006) and Delmarva Shorebirds (2007-08). Armstrong is back for his fourth season with the Baysox after previously serving the same role with the Delmarva Shorebirds (2011) and Bluefield Orioles (2010).

Baysox Baseball – We’ll Knock Your ‘Sox Off. The Baysox open the 2015 season, their 23rd as the class Double-A Affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, on the road April 9 and play their home opener Thursday, April 16 against the Erie SeaWolves. To keep up with Baysox news during the offseason, visit baysox.com.

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