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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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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles pitching coach Dave Wallace watched intently from behind the mound as Ubaldo Jimenez threw his first bullpen session in an Orioles uniform Thursday. It was the first mound session Jimenez has thrown in a while - Wallace said he's thrown off flat ground - but Wallace isn't concerned that Jimenez is behind. “I think it's early enough that he can catch up,” Wallace said. “He threw a light side today and felt pretty good. … If he's behind a few days it's not a big issue right now. You look at him, he's long he's lean and he's been healthy of the course of his career, so we'll talk to him and get his feel for how he's gone through spring training and what works for him and go from there.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2010
In a move that has been anticipated since Buck Showalter took over as Orioles' manager in August, the club has agreed to terms with Mark Connor to become its new pitching coach. Connor, 61, has been on Showalter's staff in each of the manager's three previous stints in the majors, including time as Showalter's pitching coach with the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers. Connor attended part of the Orioles' organizational meetings in Phoenix this week and a club source confirmed that Connor has reached an agreement to be the Orioles' pitching coach.
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The Baltimore Sun | January 26, 2014
Dave Wallace Age: 66 Birthplace: Waterbury, Conn. Resides: Wrentham, Mass. Most recent position: Atlanta Braves' minor league pitching coordinator (2010-2013) Major league pitching coach experience: Los Angeles Dodgers (1995-1997), New York Mets (1999-2000), Boston Red Sox (2003-2006), Houston Astros (2007) Major league playing experience: A right-handed reliever, he made 13 appearances in the major leagues, going 0-1 with a 7.84 ERA in a combined 202/3 innings with the Philadelphia Phillies (1973-1974)
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2013
The Orioles' search for a new pitching coach brought them a number of impressive, experienced candidates. But when the Orioles decided on who would replace Rick Adair, they turned to Braves minor league pitching coordinator Dave Wallace, who has a strong reputation of developing arms at the major league level. Wallace, 66, has a decade of experience as a major league pitching coach, including two years on World Series teams and one championship (2004 Boston Red Sox). "Dave Wallace is a successful veteran pitching coach," Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2013
Rick Adair, who took a leave of absence as the Orioles pitching coach on Aug. 15, will not return to the club next season, according to an industry source. The club will conduct interviews next week and would like to have a decision made by the end of the month. Bill Castro, the Orioles' bullpen coach who took over for Adair in August, will be in the mix, the source said. However, given that the Orioles are conducting interviews, it's more likely the club will hire from outside the organization.  A new hire would be the fifth Orioles' pitching coach during manager Buck Showalter's regime.
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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 Kent Baker | January 9, 1992
The ex-Baltimore Oriole flavor continued to intensify among the Class AA Hagerstown Suns yesterday when Moe Drabowsky was named the team's pitching coach for 1992.Drabowsky will join former teammate Don Buford, the team's new manager, and holdover coach Joe Durham, another one-time Oriole, in the dugout."We're happy to have Moe come aboard," said Orioles assistant general manager Doug Melvin. "He offers a lot of the old Oriole blood, and he knows Buford and the people in the organization.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2013
One of the things I'm often asked when people find out what I do for a living is, "What do you cover in the offseason?" My answer: Baseball, because there really is no offseason anymore. That's been pretty evident this year. Lots of little things to keep us busy. Tuesday marks one month since the Orioles played their last game of the 2013 season on Sept. 29. So far this offseason, the Orioles' top young player has undergone surgery, several Orioles players have been named finalists for various awards, and the club officially dismissed its pitching coach and kicked off a search for another one. (And I'm not even counting Cal Ripken Jr. managing rumors)
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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 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 Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2013
The Orioles' search for a new pitching coach brought them a number of impressive, experienced candidates. But when the Orioles decided on who would replace Rick Adair, they turned to Braves minor league pitching coordinator Dave Wallace, who has a strong reputation of developing arms at the major league level. Wallace, 66, has a decade of experience as a major league pitching coach, including two years on World Series teams and one championship (2004 Boston Red Sox). "Dave Wallace is a successful veteran pitching coach," Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2013
We will find out tonight which Orioles win Gold Gloves. In today's edition of The Baltimore Sun, I broke down each of the six positions in which Orioles are nominated for Gold Gloves and predicted wins for third baseman Manny Machado, catcher Matt Wieters and shortstop J.J. Hardy. Read more about that here . A few days ago, I also took a look at the new defensive analytic that will make up about 25 to 30 percent of the vote and will also undoubtedly affect the way the award is decided.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2013
One of the things I'm often asked when people find out what I do for a living is, "What do you cover in the offseason?" My answer: Baseball, because there really is no offseason anymore. That's been pretty evident this year. Lots of little things to keep us busy. Tuesday marks one month since the Orioles played their last game of the 2013 season on Sept. 29. So far this offseason, the Orioles' top young player has undergone surgery, several Orioles players have been named finalists for various awards, and the club officially dismissed its pitching coach and kicked off a search for another one. (And I'm not even counting Cal Ripken Jr. managing rumors)
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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 | 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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