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Red Sox to interview Rick Peterson for pitching coach job

Oct 26, 2012, 8:47 PM EDT

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The Red Sox have had mixed results with former A’s coaches of late. On the one hand, there’s Terry Francona and his two World Series titles. On the other hand, there’s Curt Young, who washed out in one year with the team and went right back to his old job as Oakland’s pitching coach this year.

Now it seems the Red Sox are going to try dipping into the well again. They asked for and received permission from the Orioles to interview Rick Peterson for the job, the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo reports.

Peterson was Oakland’s pitching coach from 1998-2003 before leaving for bigger money with the Mets. His reputation took a big hit there, in large part because he was seen as a driving force behind the Scott Kazmir-for-Victor Zambrano trade. Still, he lasted four years after that before getting fired when the team cleaned house in 2008. He then spent a year as Milwaukee’s pitching coach. Let go after the 2010 season, he was out of the league in 2011. He spent 2012 as the Orioles’ director of pitching development.

While a final decision on Peterson will come from the front office, manager John Farrell figures to have plenty of input. After all, he is a former pitching coach, and he’ll be doing quite a bit of work with the pitchers, particularly in spring training. It’d seem like a must that he and his pitching coach have a very good relationship.

  1. Glenn - Oct 26, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    Geez, didn’t we just get rid of an ex-Met genius?!

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 26, 2012 at 9:02 PM

      What is wrong with The Mets? They won more games than the Red Sox last season.

  2. thesmedman - Oct 26, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Curt Schilling. Had a pretty good mentor in Johnny Podres and also knows Farrell.

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 26, 2012 at 9:20 PM

      I understand that Schilling is broke and needs a job. He might come cheap.

    • bloodysock - Oct 27, 2012 at 12:03 AM

      Geez, didn’t we just get rid of a ex-Red Sox genius?

  3. jayquintana - Oct 26, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Get Dave Duncan on the line, make him an offer he can’t refuse.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Oct 26, 2012 at 9:55 PM

      That would probably involve curing his wife and son of cancer. I’m not sure even Theo had that kind of power.

  4. blueovalblog - Oct 26, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Reblogged this on blueovalblog's Blog.

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 27, 2012 at 9:33 AM

      I do not have a personal blog; however, I remember that when another poster reblogged something from HBT, it automatically registered on HBT that it had been reblogged. Reblogging is flattering to the original author; however, that individual wants credit.

  5. Fruitland Generic Citizen - Oct 26, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    O’s fans are majorly bummed to hear this. Peterson was the unsung hero of the season, helping Chris Tillman return as a starter and Brian Matusz return as a shutdown LOOGY while fixing Jake Arrieta enough to get meaningful innings from him. I hope the O’s counter with more $$$ and whatever title will make Peterson happy. We do not want to lose him in Baltimore!!!

    • dondada10 - Oct 27, 2012 at 8:44 AM

      I was hoping to read something like this. As a Mets fan, I miss “The Jacket.” Sure, the Kazmir thing was a disaster, but Peterson got production out of Oliver Perez, John Maine, and Mike Pelfrey. That’s almost impossible.

  6. billymc75 - Oct 26, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Weren’t As better after he left

  7. chrisny3 - Oct 27, 2012 at 7:10 AM

    To be fair to Peterson, he was NOT seen in NY as the driving force behind the ill-fated Zambrano-Kazmir trade. It was generally believed that the idea for the trade originated with the two elderly special advisors the Wilpons hired around that time, one of whom had previously worked for the Rays (hence the infatuation with Zambrano). Jim Duquette was just a puppet GM that year. Peterson, however, did become famous for saying at that time that he could fix Zambrano in 10 minutes.

    As for Peterson’s qualifications as a pitching coach, I think he’s one of the better ones around. It’s always hard to judge most pitching coaches, but it seems Peterson’s track record is relatively successful. As a Mets fan, I would welcome Peterson back in a heartbeat. I think he’s far better than the Mets’ current clueless pitching coach, Warthen.

  8. jeffl45 - Oct 28, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Sox and Mets, go spend your big $$$ on aging vets,have some chowda and stick an apple in your respective ears. Just leave the O’s ALONE!

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