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Red Sox to interview Rick Peterson for pitching coach job tomorrow

Nov 2, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

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Confirming a report from last week, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun passes along word that Rick Peterson will interview for the pitching coach job with the Red Sox tomorrow. He was supposed to interview earlier this week, but it was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. Peterson’s home is in Belmar, New Jersey.

Peterson was the Orioles’ organizational director of pitching development this season, working with minor leaguers while instilling his use of biomechanics. He previously served as pitching coach with the Athletics, Mets and most recently with the Brewers.

New Red Sox manager John Farrell is a former pitching coach himself and figures to work closely with his pitchers, so it’s safe to say he’ll be very involved in the decision. There is a link between the two, as Peterson was a coach when Farrell was a minor leaguer with the Indians. The Orioles have given Peterson permission to seek an opportunity in the majors, but he will likely return if he doesn’t land a gig as a pitching coach this offseason.

  1. flavadave10 - Nov 2, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Hope Rick can stay with the Orioles. I think he’s better off as a pitching coordinator. Not sure if I like him as a pitching coach at this point.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Nov 2, 2012 at 8:18 PM

      I tend to agree with you. His one year in Milwaukee, and granted he didn’thave much to work with, he just didn’t seem to affect the pitcher in any way, good or bad.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 2, 2012 at 8:24 PM

      Fans of the other AL East teams hope that you are right.

      • flavadave10 - Nov 2, 2012 at 8:30 PM

        Yeah, he’s done a terrible job fixing Chris Tillman and helping Dylan Bundy progress.

        He’s had crap to work with for the most part, and the Orioles got contributions from pitchers they had in the minors. I think Rick deserves credit for that. Really helped Miguel Gonzalez develop his splitter, which has turned into arguably his best pitch. I think he’s been good for Bundy’s development.

        P.S. Anyone who thinks Bundy’s banned from throwing the cutter: Guess what Peterson got Tillman to start using more? Hint: It’s the cutter.

  2. pisano - Nov 2, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Just think about this Rick, Lackey’s coming back to Boston this year and he can ruin any pitching coach’s career.

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