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Report: Orioles to hire Rick Peterson as organizational pitching guru

Jan 2, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

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Rick Peterson wasn’t a candidate for the Red Sox pitching coach job, but he did have multiple interviews earlier this offseason for a position in the Orioles’ organization. And according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, he is expected to be hired by the club within the next few days.

Peterson was previously a pitching coach in the big leagues with the Athletics, Mets and Brewers. Rick Adair is returning as Orioles’ pitching coach in 2012, so the nature of Peterson’s new gig isn’t exactly clear. While he technically interviewed for the team’s vacant minor league pitching coordinator position, he is expected to be given wider responsibilities within the organization.

One other interesting hire passed along by Connolly is Chris Correnti, who formerly worked as a physical therapist with the Red Sox while new Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette was the general manager. Like Peterson, he is highly-regarded for his use of pitching biomechanics. Correnti served as Pedro Martinez‘s personal trainer in 2006 and joined Peterson on the Mets’ staff in 2007. He hasn’t worked for a professional team since being let go by New York following the 2010 season.

  1. plmathfoto - Jan 2, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Too bad Victor Zambrano isn’t around any more

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 3, 2012 at 5:09 PM

      Never thought I’d hear those words.

      • plmathfoto - Jan 6, 2012 at 2:09 PM

        Totally joking, Peterson was the one who insisted that the Mets get Zambrano…for Kazmir.

  2. pisano - Jan 2, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    That should do it, start printing the Worlds Series tickets.

    • Panda Claus - Jan 2, 2012 at 10:43 PM

      I still have tickets from 1997 so I’ll just use those.

  3. natsattack - Jan 2, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    I honestly think this is a really good hire for the O’s

  4. JBerardi - Jan 2, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Anyone remember when the Orioles hired Leo Mazzone? For that matter… does anyone remember Leo Mazzone?

    • foreverchipper10 - Jan 4, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      Every Braves fan ever remembers him.

  5. Old Gator - Jan 2, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Whenever I hear that the Orioles are about to hire someone, I wonder what the guy could have done to deserve it.

    • JBerardi - Jan 2, 2012 at 11:34 PM

      Well, for starters, they probably worked for the Red Sox at some point…

  6. dowhatifeellike - Jan 3, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    new hires worked for the sox, new signings played for the rangers. it just makes the search that much easier.

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