In Greensboro – Blaine Beatty
We just arrived at our hotel in Greensboro, North Carolina in preparation for the four-game series starting Thursday. Easy seven-hour ride south from Salisbury. We watched three movies (Saw V, Rounders and The Program). Rounders is obviously on a different level compared to the other two.
The hotel here seems to be in a rather busy area, which is good. I saw several hotels, some restaurants and a big mall appears to be a ten minute walk away.
As I normally do on the bus trips, I talked from time-to-time with our pitching coach Blaine Beatty (who sits a row in front of me and on the other side). Blaine is very knowledgable and he was a very talented pitcher in his playing days. Same seats on the sleeper bus this trip.
Most people know our Field Coach Ryan Minor (for good reason since he played for the Shorebirds), so I thought I should fill you in on the background of our Pitching Coach Blaine Beatty.
Blaine was drafted in the 9th round of the 1986 Amateur Draft by the Baltimore Orioles. He only spent about a year in the Orioles chain, as he was traded to the New York Mets in 1987. Blaine pitched in the minors for 12 seasons, compiling a total of 121 career wins. One of his best years was 1994 for Chattanooga (AA, Reds) when he posted a 14-7 record with a 2.38 ERA. The amazing thing about that season is that he finished with SIX complete games. On the bus today, we were talking about how that just doesn’t happen anymore. It’s rare to even see a minor league pitcher go into the eighth inning today.
Blaine made it up to the big leagues in 1989 and 1991 with the New York Mets. In seven total big league relief appearances, he had a solid ERA of 2.30.
He was born in Victoria, Texas and played his college baseball at Baylor University (two years).
Blaine is entering his fourth season as a coach in the Orioles organization. For the last three years, he served as the Pitching Coach for the Frederick Keys (Advanced-A, Orioles). Prior to his time in Frederick, he served as the Pitching Coach for the Binghamton Mets (AA) in 2005. He began his coaching career in 2001 as the Pitching Coach for the Lynchburg Hillcats (A, Pirates).
I just thought you all might be interested in learning more about Blaine Beatty. Time to catch up on some sleep. I’ve been up since 5:45 AM with the 10:35 AM game today.
Until next time, Go Shorebirds!