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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2013
Now that the Orioles have hired Dave Wallace as their pitching coach, the focus turns to naming a bullpen coach. That search hasn't officially started yet, according to an industry source, but it will begin within the next few days. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday that Wallace, who has a decade of major league pitching coach experience and was the Atlanta Braves' minor league pitching coordinator for the past four seasons, will have plenty of input in selecting a bullpen coach and will probably make the final call.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | November 9, 2013
In conducting the Orioles' search for a new bullpen coach, manager Buck Showalter made it clear that new pitching coach Dave Wallace would play a big role in making the hire. Showalter said he saw the bullpen coach as an assistant pitching coach, and that ultimately, he wanted Wallace to make the final call on the hire. In hiring Atlanta Braves special assistant Dom Chiti, who will likely be announced early next week, the Orioles brought in a knowledgeable baseball man with whom both Showalter and Wallace are familiar.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2011
The Orioles are getting closer to finalizing their coaching staff for 2012. According to an industry source, former Brewers bullpen coach Bill Castro will take over that role with the Orioles and Boston Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale will become the Orioles' new third base coach if he doesn't stay in Boston. Hale, 50, is still under contract with the Red Sox, who have yet to name a new manager, and therefore his future with that club is uncertain. The Orioles hope to know for sure whether Hale will join them this week.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2013
The Orioles are expected to hire Atlanta Braves special assistant Dom Chiti as their bullpen coach, an industry source confirmed Friday night. An announcement is expected early next week. Chiti has a history with Orioles manager Buck Showalter and new pitching coach Dave Wallace. He served as bullpen coach during Showalter's final season managing the Texas Rangers, in 2006, and worked with Wallace developing young pitchers in the Braves minor league system. Chiti, a former minor league pitcher with the Orioles who also later scouted for the club, has a coaching career that spans more than three decades.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2010
The Orioles' 2011 coaching staff is coming into focus with the hiring of hitting coach Jim Presley and bullpen coach Rick Adair, the first of six slots to be filled by manager Buck Showalter. The club isn't expected to officially announce its hires until the entire coaching staff is finalized, but an industry source said Presley and Adair both have agreed to two-year deals. The source said the Orioles could have the full staff completed within the next week. Don Wakamatsu (bench coach)
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2013
The Orioles are expected to hire Atlanta Braves special assistant Dom Chiti as their bullpen coach, an industry source confirmed Friday night. An announcement is expected early next week. Chiti has a history with Orioles manager Buck Showalter and new pitching coach Dave Wallace. He served as bullpen coach during Showalter's final season managing the Texas Rangers, in 2006, and worked with Wallace developing young pitchers in the Braves minor league system. Chiti, a former minor league pitcher with the Orioles who also later scouted for the club, has a coaching career that spans more than three decades.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2011
Mark Connor, who has been with Buck Showalter in each of his four stops as manager, resigned as pitching coach, citing personal reasons, the team announced Tuesday. He was immediately replaced by his longtime friend and the Orioles' bullpen coach, Rick Adair, signaling the organization's 13th big league pitching coach change since 1994. Former hitting coach Terry Crowley flew into Toronto and will serve as interim bullpen coach for the remainder of the nine-game road trip, which began Tuesday.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | April 16, 2005
A constant presence at Orioles games for a club-record 37 seasons, bullpen coach Elrod Hendricks remained at a St. Petersburg, Fla., hospital last night after becoming ill following Thursday night's loss at Tropicana Field. A team official said Hendricks, 64, complained of numbness and weakness on his left side and dizziness after dressing for the return flight to Baltimore. He never made it to the bus that transported the Orioles to the airport, and it's believed he suffered a mild stroke.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2013
With the baseball season heading into its final quarter, the Orioles likely will be making their pennant push without pitching coach Rick Adair, who was granted a leave of absence for personal reasons Friday and was replaced, at least temporarily, by bullpen coach Bill Castro. Castro's spot will be filled by former Orioles left-hander Scott McGregor, who had been the pitching rehab coordinator in Sarasota for the past two seasons. Manager Buck Showalter held a brief, closed-door meeting with his team before the clubhouse opened to the media Friday afternoon to, among other things, discuss the staffing changes.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | October 4, 1996
Orioles bullpen coach Elrod Hendricks has listened to what is being said about Roberto Alomar since the second baseman spat in the face of umpire John Hirschbeck. And Hendricks says what he's hearing is far out of proportion to what Alomar did."I've gotten to the point where I don't want to turn the television on," Hendricks said, "because I know I'm going to see [the spitting incident] somewhere and all it's going to do is make me angrier to see them dissecting this kid -- this kid, who, in his lifetime, has been a model human being, a model player."
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2013
Now that the Orioles have hired Dave Wallace as their pitching coach, the focus turns to naming a bullpen coach. That search hasn't officially started yet, according to an industry source, but it will begin within the next few days. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday that Wallace, who has a decade of major league pitching coach experience and was the Atlanta Braves' minor league pitching coordinator for the past four seasons, will have plenty of input in selecting a bullpen coach and will probably make the final call.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2013
I have to admit that I was a bit surprised when the Orioles named Dave Wallace their new pitching coach Tuesday. And it's not because Wallace isn't exceptionally qualified - he is. He has held the position for four other organizations and was part of a World Series-champion staff in Boston in 2004 when he was the Red Sox pitching coach. And it's not because he's 66. Orioles manager Buck Showalter, 57, had a great line last night about age. “Heck, I'm an old you-know-what,” Showalter said.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2013
The Orioles have not yet made an offer to a pitching coach candidate, according to executive vice president Dan Duquette, but he said the team still hopes to have a resolution this week. “We have a few more things to do with our search, a little more due diligence on the candidates,” Duquette said. “We're getting there, making some progress. Hopefully, it will be done by the end of the month [Thursday].” The Orioles appear to be choosing among four candidates: former Philadelphia Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee, Seattle Mariners pitching coach Carl Willis, Atlanta Braves minor league pitching coordinator Dave Wallace and Texas Rangers bullpen coach Andy Hawkins.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2013
The Orioles' process of hiring a new pitching coach is winding down, according to the club's top executive, with the hope of having someone in place by next week. “We have a little more work to do on our due diligence; we want to make the best choice in our job search,” Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said. “We have some well-qualified candidates, and we should be able to have a top quality coach on our staff before it's over. … We'd like to get it done before the end of the month.” The Orioles have interviewed four external candidates for the position that was vacated by Rick Adair: former Philadelphia Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee, Seattle Mariners pitching coach Carl Willis, Texas Rangers bullpen coach Andy Hawkins and Atlanta Braves minor league pitching coordinator Dave Wallace.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2013
You can add another experienced name to the list of pitching coach candidates that the Orioles are targeting. According to an industry source, the Orioles have sought permission from the Atlanta Braves and expect to interview Dave Wallace, who has been the Braves' minor league pitching coordinator for the past four seasons. Wallace, 66, has been a major league pitching coach for four different teams: the Houston Astros (2007), the Boston Red Sox (2003 to 2006), the New York Mets (1999-2000)
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2013
Former Orioles pitching coach Rick Adair, who took a leave of absence in August for personal reasons and will not return to the club next season, said he's not sure whether he'll be in baseball in 2014. "I'm not looking, I'll put it to you that way," Adair said in his first public comments since leaving the team. "But if something happens, I would talk [to a potential team]. But I'm not going out looking for a job. " The Orioles announced Friday that Adair, who had one year remaining on his contract, would not be returning.
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,SUN STAFF | April 1, 1998
The Orioles paid homage to their other Iron Man yesterday, saluting Elrod Hendricks on the start of his 30th season with the club. Cal Ripken was in second grade in 1968 when Hendricks joined the Orioles. Talk about tenure: The catcher-turned-coach has seen a generation come and go, including eight managers, four general managers, three owners and a ballpark.Ripken has played in 2,479 straight contests, but Hendricks has suited up for nearly twice as many Orioles games."That's a lot of national anthems," said Hendricks, honored on rTC Opening Day for his three decades in Baltimore, a club record.
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By JEFF ZREBIEC and JEFF ZREBIEC,SUN REPORTER | December 23, 2005
It is the area directly behind the home team's on-deck circle at Camden Yards, in between the Orioles' dugout and the netting that protects well-seated fans from foul balls. Frequent visitors of the ballpark know the area simply as "Ellie's Place." Since the ballpark on West Camden Street opened, it is where the Orioles' beloved bullpen coach and the organization's biggest ambassador held court before games on so many days and so many nights. He tirelessly posed for pictures, signed autographs, delivered hugs and handshakes and shared stories from a baseball career that spanned 45 years, all but nine in an Orioles uniform.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2013
Sometimes it's easier to put these things into a question-and-answer format, and since I've gotten a bunch of questions from readers about what's next for the Orioles and their pitching coach situation, that's what we'll do. If you want to take a look at potential candidates, check out this piece that ran Friday morning. What type/style of pitching coach will the Orioles seek? My sense is they are looking for experience. Manager Buck Showalter has a rather experienced staff, and I think he'll add to that with someone who has already done the job in the majors.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2013
The Orioles made the obvious official this afternoon - announcing that pitching coach Rick Adair will not be returning in 2014. Adair, who had a year left on his contract, took a leave of absence in August to deal with personal issues including the impending death of his father, who passed away in September.  Here's what Orioles manager Buck Showalter had to say after the Adair decision was made official. “I'm not going to get deep into [the reasons], but Rick was a very knowledgeable pitching guy. He is very sharp,” Showalter said.
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