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The Brewers may hire Rick Peterson as their next pitching coach

Sep 28, 2009, 9:25 AM EDT

That’s according to Ken Rosenthal anyway.

Peterson is one of those famous, name brand pitching coaches. He became a name brand by landing a job with the A’s just before Zito, Hudson and Mulder came up, and talent like that has a funny way of making a pitching coach look good.  He’s famous for allegedly saying that he could “fix Victor Zambrano in ten minutes” and slagging on Scott Kazmir when he was with the Mets, which led to New York trading the latter for the former in 2004. Maybe Steve Phillips Jim Duquette shouldn’t have listened to Peterson, but it’s hard to fathom how an alleged genius pitching coach could get such an assessment so damn wrong.

No matter what you think of Peterson, however — and based on the pic to the right you have to respect any man who rocked the perm-mullet as late as 2007 — the bottom line in Milwaukee is that the Brewers’ 2009 staff suffered from an acute Sabathia and Sheets deficit disorder, and was afflicted with chronic Dave Bush syndrome and a virulent strain of Suppanitis. Bringing in a new pitching coach to treat the symptoms may have some sort of placebo effect, but it’s likely going to take a multiple pitcher transplant for the patient to get healthy again. 

  1. Alex K - Sep 28, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Steve Phillips didn’t trade Kazmir. It was Jim Duquette.
    There are plenty of things to bash him for, this just isn’t one of them.

  2. Craig Calcaterra - Sep 28, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Thanks Alex! My bad. I fixed it.

  3. Grant - Sep 28, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Isn’t Peterson into a lot of newfangled biometrics and mechanics analysis stuff now? Computers? Seems risky to me. He’ll probably write a book about himself…

  4. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Sep 28, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Isn’t Peterson into a lot of newfangled biometrics and mechanics analysis stuff now? Computers? Seems risky to me. He’ll probably write a book about himself…
    god I hope this is some serious JoeBaiting. If it is, well done and +1 for you.

  5. CD Rates - Jan 13, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    Given public opinion about banks right now – the label “vampire squid” was recently slapped on one particular investment bank, but it sums up the Q rating for the whole financial sector – this is a good time to be offering an alternative.

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