After competing for a postseason spot and finishing with their best record since 2016, the Baltimore Orioles are excited to see what they can accomplish in 2023. The coaching staff that oversaw last season's success will return mostly intact, albeit with one minor change.
Baltimore is promoting Cody Asche to the coaching staff, who will serve as an offensive strategy coach. He was previously serving as an upper-level hitting coordinator in the minors.
Asche is only 32 and played his last professional game in 2019, so he should be able to relate to the team's players and communicate well with them. The former outfielder spent parts of five seasons in the majors from 2013-2017, playing four years with the Philadelphia Phillies and one year with the Chicago White Sox.
After his playing days were finished, Asche returned to the Phillies as the hitting coach for their Low-A affiliate in 2021. He joined the Orioles organization in 2022 and clearly made a positive impression in his first season there.
Asche will try to to help improve an offense that ranked in the bottom half of the American League in many categories, including runs (10th), hits (11th), OBP (11th) and OPS (10th). If he does, it could go a long way towards helping Baltimore make the playoffs for the first time since 2016.