The Bowie Baysox and the Baltimore Orioles have announced the Baysox coaching staff for the 2016 season. Baltimore native Gary Kendall returns for his sixth season as manager to defend the team’s Eastern League Championship title. He will be joined by Pitching Coach Alan Mills, Hitting Coach Howie Clark and Field Coach Shawn McGill.
Kendall, the longest-tenured and winningest manager in franchise history, returns for a sixth season with the team after leading the Baysox to their first ever Eastern League Championship in 2015. As he begins his 17th season in the Orioles organization, Kendall holds a 375-334 record in five seasons with Bowie while never finishing below .500. 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 returns to the Baysox for a second season as Pitching Coach after previously serving in the same role with the Delmarva Shorebirds. The Florida native is in his sixth season as a professional pitching coach and fifth 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, Fla.
Clark joins the Baysox for his first season as Hitting Coach after serving in the same role with the Delmarva Shorebirds in 2015, his first year as a coach. He was originally selected by the Orioles in the 27th round of the 1992 First Year Player Draft out of Huntington Beach High School in California. His professional career spanned 18 seasons where he played with four different organizations (Baltimore, Toronto, Pittsburgh and Minnesota). Clark played parts of five seasons with the Baysox from 1996-2000, appearing in 372 games (5th most all-time) with 346 hits (5th most all-time) and 73 doubles (4th most all-time). The utility infielder made his Major League debut with the Orioles in 2002 and he played in 134 total games, batting .262 with 18 doubles and 26 RBI.
In his first year as a coach, McGill will serve as Baysox Field Coach after six seasons between 2006-2013 as a catcher and outfielder in the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves organizations. The Rhode Island native was originally drafted by the Phillies in the 23rd round of the 2006 First Year Player Draft out of Boston College. During his career, he appeared in 218 games and hit .261 with 70 RBI. He signed with the Orioles as a Minor League free agent in 2014, but never appeared in a game.
Rounding out the Baysox coaching staff is Athletic Trainer Pat Wesley and Strength Coach Pat Armstrong. Wesley is in his second season with the Baysox after spending the previous seven seasons in the same position with the Frederick Keys. In his 13th 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 fifth season with the Baysox after previously serving the same role with the Delmarva Shorebirds (2011) and Bluefield Orioles (2010).
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