Hit­ting as­sis­tant Quinn won’t be back with O’s

Baltimore Sun - - COMMENTARY -

As­sis­tant hit­ting coach Mark Quinn will not re­turn to the Ori­oles next sea­son, ac­cord­ing to an in­dus­try source. Quinn, who played parts of four ma­jor league sea­sons with the Kansas City Roy­als, served as as­sis­tant hit­ting coach for one sea­son after be­ing hired in Jan­uary. In his role, Quinn worked aside hit­ting coach Scott Cool­baugh. The Ori­oles led the ma­jors with 253 homers but ranked sev­enth in the Amer­i­can League in runs (744) and 10th in the AL in on-base per­cent­age (.317). Quinn owns The Base­ball School in Hous­ton, an academy that works with play­ers at all lev­els. He de­clined to com­ment about his sta­tus with the team when reached by phone Thurs­day. He was se­lected for the Ori­oles po­si­tion from about 100 can­di­dates and was ul­ti­mately hired over Roy­als mi­nor league in­struc­tor Milt Thomp­son. Quinn was work­ing un­der a oneyear con­tract. Be­fore Quinn, Ei­nar Diaz was as­sis­tant hit­ting coach, but Diaz was shifted to re­place bullpen catcher Rudy Arias after 2015. MORE BASE­BALL: The Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als picked up Gio Gon­za­lez’s op­tion, mean­ing they’ll owe him $12 mil­lion in 2017. The Na­tion­als de­clined their op­tion on right-handed re­liever Yus­meiro Petit, who would have been owed $3 mil­lion but will in­stead get a $500,000 buy­out. Gon­za­lez, 31, was11-11 with a 4.57 ERA this sea­son, throw­ing 1771⁄ in­nings in 32 starts. Petit was 3-5 with a 4.50 ERA and one save in 62 in­nings. ... The Bos­ton Red Sox pro­moted for­mer Ori­oles gen­eral man­ager Frank Wren to se­nior vice pres­i­dent of player per­son­nel. ... The Chicago White Sox de­clined the 2017 con­tract op­tion on for­mer Ori­oles right-handed re­liever Matt Al­bers. SYM­PO­SIUM: John Skip­per, the ESPN pres­i­dent and co-chair­man of the Dis­ney Me­dia Net­works, and Big Ten com­mis­sioner Jim De­lany will head­line the 11th an­nual Shirley Povich Sym­po­sium on Nov. 16. “The Fu­ture of Sports on TV” starts at 7 p.m. in the Colony Ball­room of the Adele H. Stamp Stu­dent Union on the Univer­sity of Mary­land cam­pus. Doors open at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the pub­lic. Join­ing Skip­per and De­lany are David Aldridge (re­porter, Turner Sports), An­drea Kre­mer (chief cor­re­spon­dent, NFL Net­work and HBOReal Sports con­trib­u­tor), Jimmy Roberts ’79 (broad­caster, NBC Sports and the Golf Chan­nel) and Scott Van Pelt (host, ESPN’s Sport­sCen­ter). Tele­vi­sion host Maury Povich, son of the late Wash­ing­ton Post colum­nist Shirley Povich for whom the sym­po­sium is named, will mod­er­ate the panel. WOMEN’S COL­LEGE BAS­KET­BALL: Mary­land se­nior guard Sha­tori Walker-Kim­brough re­ceived the most votes (10) of any­one not on the As­so­ci­ated Press All-Amer­ica pre­sea­son team. COL­LEGE FIELD HOCKEY: Big Ten Player of the Year Welma Luus found fresh­men Kelee Lepage and Madi­son Maguire in the first 90 sec­onds as No. 1-seeded Mary­land (16-3) earned a 3-1 win over No. 8 seed Rut­gers (9-9) in the Big Ten quar­ter­fi­nals. The Terps will play fourth-seeded North­west­ern (13-7) to­day at 4 p.m. Sopho­more Lin­nea Gon­za­les (Pat­ter­son Mill) scored for Mary­land in the 46th minute when she de­flected in a shot on a penalty cor­ner. WOMEN’S COL­LEGE VOLLEYBALL: Steven­son ju­nior libero Deanna Brad­bury and ju­nior out­side hit­ter An­nika Schwartz made the All-Mid­dle At­lantic Con­fer­ence Com­mon­wealth first team. Mus­tangs se­nior set­ter Sara Bollinger (Win­ters Mill) and se­nior out­side hit­ter Kris­ten Brooks made the se­cond team. —

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