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Orioles hire Rick Peterson, but not as pitching coach

Jan 17, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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As expected, the Orioles hired former A’s, Mets, and Brewers pitching coach Rick Peterson, but he’ll fill the role of pitching development coordinator rather than pitching coach.

Brittany Ghiroli of says that’s actually a new position created by the Orioles, who’ll keep Rick Adair as their pitching coach and have Peterson work primarily with minor leaguers.

Peterson’s imminent hiring was first reported several weeks ago, but according to Ghiroli there was “a lengthy negotiation process in which Peterson was interviewed several times over a month-and-a-half period.”

Peterson was fired by Milwaukee following the 2010 season after Brewers pitchers ranked dead last among NL teams in ERA, so his reputation has certainly taken some hits since his days in Oakland.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 17, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    You know what, outside of his dick comment about Brian Roberts signing autographs, I really commend everything Duquette’s done. His player development goals and international scouting and signings are great philosophies. I’ve been impressed.

  2. henryd3rd - Jan 17, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Who cares what Duquette does; it all comes back to that wacky owner Peter Angelos. that was a great franchise before he got his grubby hands on the ownership control stick. I still can’t believe that Buck Showalter decided to leave that cushy job at ESPN and come back and manage for that man? Talk about a man who has a high degree of tolerance. First he builds the foundation for the George Steinbrenner’s 1996 World Champion team, gets fired, build the Diamondbacks from scratch, gets fired and then leaves that cushy studio job to work for Angelos. Go figure!

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 17, 2012 at 5:53 PM

      He’s the Executive Vice-President of Baseball Operations for the Baltimore Orioles, and I’m led to believe he’s responsible for what’s been done to the O’s philosophy and signings as of late. Therefore, I’d imagine a lot of people care what he does.

      Angelos isn’t the owner he once was (an amazing article was written about him and posted on here about a month ago), but it’s nice to have someone seemingly competent making his mark in the front office.

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