Presley reassigned for personal reasons
BALTIMORE—Orioles hitting coach Jim Presley will not return to his role in 2015 with personal reasons prompting his reassignment within the organization, a source confirmed to MLB.com.
Presley, signed through next season, will have a less time consuming role though it’s unknown what exactly he will do for Baltimore. Presley, who turned 53 last month, has been with the Orioles since 2011 and his reassignment was first reported by the Baltimore Sun.
The Orioles have already begun exploring replacements for Presley, with manager Buck Showalter again in the position of hiring a new coach. Last winter, Showalter hired David Wallace and Dom Chiti to replace pitching coach Rick Adair and bullpen coach Bill Castro.
Presley was Showalter’s first and only hitting coach hire since his first full season in 2011 and the O’s —while criticized for a low on-base percentage and hitting approach —- have been one of the most lethal lineups in the American League the past two seasons. In 2014, the Orioles —missing Manny Machado and Matt Wieters for most of the season— hit a Major League-leading 211 homers and finished sixth in the League in runs scored. Their OBP ranked 11th.
Presley served as the Marlins hitting coach for 4 1/2 seasons prior to coming to Baltimore and played eight seasons in the Major Leagues, primarily for the Mariners. He was an All-Star in Seattle in 1986.