The Orioles signed former shortstop Mike Bordick today to be a Minor League Offensive Coordinator. His job? To work with Orioles prospects on fundamental baserunning and contact situational hitting. This move fits in nicely with the team's desire to refocus on the above-mentioned fundamentals after an atrocious 2009 in those aspects.
Bordick is listed as a minor league coordinator, but I don't think it is a stretch of logic and reality to think that he will be leading clinics and refresher courses for the big boys in Sarasota this February. Bordick was always a class act and a more than solid player, known more for his defensive ability Bordick was a solid situational hitter and knew his role on the team.
This team was atrocious on the basepaths last year and manager Dave Trembley has been adamant that this will change in 2010. The addition of Bordick is a great step in that direction.
Also, news broke today that the Orioles offered Matt Holliday an eight-year $130 million dollar contract - or did they? As soon as the report from Fox Sports broke the internet went all a twitter. And the story was then quickly crushed with dual postings from MASN's Roch Kubatko and the Baltimore Sun's Peter Schmuck both quoting Andy MacPhail saying of the had "NO validity".