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Jauss brings experience to O's bench

Jauss brings experience to O's bench

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles filled their final coaching vacancy Tuesday, naming former Dodgers and Red Sox aide Dave Jauss their bench coach for the upcoming season.

Jauss, 50, begins his second stint with the Orioles a dozen years removed from the first. He was Baltimore's coordinator of Minor League instruction in 1995 before leaving to spend a decade with the Red Sox. He's been in Los Angeles the past two seasons, serving as former manager Grady Little's bench coach.

When Little left his post as Dodgers manager last week, that left Jauss without a job. The Orioles, meanwhile, had been searching for a bench coach since dismissing Tom Trebelhorn after the regular season ended. The match worked.

Jauss fills out a coaching staff that already included new faces. Last month, the Orioles dismissed Leo Mazzone and named Rick Kranitz their new pitching coach. And last week, they hired John Shelby to become the new first-base coach. Hitting coach Terry Crowley, third-base coach Juan Samuel and bullpen coach Alan Dunn will remain on the staff.

Crowley and Samuel are the only current coaches who were on Baltimore's staff last Opening Day.

Jauss, like the other recent hires, brings with him a wealth of baseball experience. Signing on with the Red Sox as an advance scout in 1996, he spent the next decade bouncing between roles as the team's first-base coach, Minor League field coordinator and director of player development. When Little went west to become the Dodgers manager in 1996, Jauss -- who had worked on coaching staffs with Little in Boston -- followed.

Before breaking into the big leagues, Jauss spent seven years coaching and managing within Montreal's farm system, and was named Eastern League Manager of the Year after his team's first place finish in 1994. That year also marked his second of three offseasons spent coaching with Caracas of the Venezuelan Winter League.

In three seasons as a Minor League manager, Jauss finished 188-151.

Anthony DiComo is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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