O's Minor Hopes To Be More Than A Trivia Answer





BALTIMORE—Ryan Minor will always be the answer to a trivia question. Now he wants to leave a different mark on the game.

Minor replaced Cal Ripken Jr. at third base on Sept. 20, 1998, the night baseball's Iron Man voluntarily ended his record consecutive-games streak at 2,632. He was asked about it regularly as low Class A Delmarva's field coach the past two seasons, and the curiosity isn't going to subside now that he has been promoted to manager.

"Everywhere I go," he said, "especially in the minors. You go to different cities and it's such an intimate setting. You interact with fans so much. It's something that gets asked every other day, but it doesn't bother me at all. That's my place in history and some people don't have that opportunity to talk about their career. I look at it as my little piece of history. Fortunately, I was in the right place and time to do it."

Minor's still in the right place, managing a team with its stadium so close to his Salisbury, Md., home.

"I talked to (the Orioles) a couple years ago about the possibility of managing," he said. "It's something I wanted to do, and when the opportunity came up, they must have felt like it would be a good spot for me, since I live here. And to be able to work where I live is a great opportunity."

Minor has managed in instructional league, and he served as a coach with the independent York Revolution before joining Delmarva's staff.

"First and foremost, we do whatever the organization wants us to do," he said. "If they want us to do certain things with certain kids, as far as developing them, that's the way it's got to go. Otherwise, it's the same with the managers I've been with. You've got to put forth the effort and make sure the guys fundamentally are willing to do everything that's asked of them."

Bird Seed

• The Orioles signed veteran shortstop Andy Gonzalez to a minor league contract that doesn't include an invitation to spring training. Gonzalez has appeared in 91 major league games with the Marlins, White Sox and Indians.

• The Orioles released righthander Chase Phillips, a 42nd-round pick in the 2008 draft out of Western Oklahoma State JC. Phillips went 1-0, 0.56 in 16 innings at Rookie-level Bluefield last season, and 0-0, 4.00 in nine innings at short-season Aberdeen.