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Rick Peterson is interviewing for his own job in Milwaukee

Nov 8, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

Manny Parra, Rick Peterson, Jonathan Lucroy

Rick Peterson still has one season remaining on his contract as the Brewers’ pitching coach, but new manager Ron Roenicke is undecided about keeping him on the coaching staff and has met with Peterson several times since taking over the job last week.

Roenicke told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that the meetings “went well” but because the pitching coach position is “so important to a new manager … I really have to make sure I have the right person, whether it’s Rick, whether it’s somebody else.”

In other words, Peterson is now interviewing for his own job.

Peterson was hired last offseason after the Brewers allowed the second-most runs in the league in 2009, but the pitching staff experienced only modest improvements this season while ranking third-worst in the league.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 8, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    Given how Milwaukee’s pitching has turned into a crapshoot in recent times, I’m not all that surprised by this process. They should have paid for Curt Young, or given Dave Duncan an offer he couldn’t refuse, in my opinion.

  2. apbaguy - Nov 8, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    Rick had great talent to work with in Oakland and developed it well. He’s had less to work with since he left, and once former A’s manager Macha was replaced in Milwaukee, it was no surprise that Peterson is having to interview for his job.

    Curt Young was always going to Boston. Boston tried to hire Billy Beane years ago. And the two front offices work similarly. Plus, the talent there will always be relatively high. Duncan won’t leave LaRussa, despite any posturing.

    A pitching coach can make a difference, but how much depends more on the players than on the coach. I’m not sure anybody can help Manny Parra or could have helped Jeff Suppan last year.

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