BALTIMORE -- Orioles first-base coach John Shelby missed Friday's series opener against the Indians as he was being inducted into the Henry Clay High School Hall of Fame in Lexington, Ky. Shelby was a 1976 graduate of Clay High, where he starred in baseball and basketball.
Bench coach Jeff Datz coached first base in Shelby's place and was going over some signs pregame with third-base coach Juan Samuel. Datz's previous first-base coaching experience coincidentally was with Cleveland from 2003-05. Prior to joining the Orioles, Datz spent eight years in the Indians organization in several different roles. So, was he nervous about his Orioles debut?
"Nope, just hoping nobody gets picked off," Datz said with a smile.