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Keys name Etchebarren, Rayford to coaching staff

December 01, 1998

FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick Keys took another step to bringing Baltimore tradition closer to home Monday when two former Orioles fan favorites were named to the Single-A team's coaching staff.

Former Baltimore catcher Andy Etchebarren was named the Keys manager for the 1999 season while former infielder Floyd Rayford was assigned coaching duties.

Etchebarren spent 15 seasons catching in the major leagues, including 11 with the Orioles. Etchebarren's career was highlighted when he caught for the Orioles' 1966 World Championship team. He also spent time playing for the California Angels and the Milwaukee Brewers.

Etchebarren worked as a minor league catching instructor for the Brewers and also gave clinics worldwide on military bases. He spent four years managing Baltimore's rookie league team in Bluefield.

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Rayford, who enjoyed an 11-year playing career, rejoins the Orioles organization.

It will be Rayford's second year in coaching after spending the 11998 season with the Beloit Snappers in the Milwaukee organization. Rayford played from 1975-86 for California, Baltimore and St. Louis.

Rounding out the Keys staff will be pitching coach Larry Jaster and trainer Dave Walker.

Jaster returns for his second season with the Keys and Walker will be in his third year.

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