John Russell heads to Orioles

Jenifer Langosch/

It has not been officially announced, but a source confirmed with that former Pirates manager John Russell will join Buck Showalter’s Orioles staff as the team’s bench coach.

Full details can be found here.

One of the things that I heard consistently from those that played under Russell was that his best fit would probably be as a Major League coach more so than a Major League manager. Part of that was probably due to a perceived lack of leadership or communication with players. Hardly anyone, though, criticized his ability to be a quality instructor.

The Pirates and Orioles will play five times in Spring Training, so Russell will see plenty of his former club.

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Good luck to John Russell. Hope Showlater will set a fire underneath him. He needs it or maybe it is off to the philosophy classroom. He seems like a good teacher.


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