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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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Peter Schmuck | February 15, 2014
SARASOTA, FLA. - The easy Southern California countenance can fool you sometimes. Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman doesn't look or act much different than the 19-year-old kid who showed up for spring training at Fort Lauderdale Stadium fresh off the blockbuster Erik Bedard deal with the Seattle Mariners in 2008, yet just about everybody who watched him win 16 games last season marvels at his dramatic transformation. He might appear to be the same relaxed, soft-spoken guy who came here along with Adam Jones and three other players to help in the transformation of a chronically unsuccessful Orioles organization, but he has finally shed the weight of everybody else's expectations and replaced them with his own. It wasn't easy, and it didn't happen overnight.
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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 Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - When the Orioles first contacted Dave Wallace in October about their pitching coach vacancy, the 66-year-old baseball veteran took pause. Wallace already had a nice job as the minor league pitching coordinator for the Atlanta Braves. He was fulfilling his passion of developing young pitchers. He didn't like to leave a job unfinished, either, and he felt there was still work to do in Atlanta. There was nothing left to prove. As a major league pitching coach for four organizations, he had guided staffs to two pennants and won the World Series with the 2004 Boston Red Sox. After more than four decades in professional baseball, he'd been at every rung of the organizational ladder, from player to minor league coach to front-office official.
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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 Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2012
SARASOTA, Fla. – To the uninitiated, the process of elimination that will turn a group of 29 pitchers of all shapes and sizes into the Orioles' 12-man regular season pitching staff probably seems simple enough. The guys who stay healthy and pitch the best during the Grapefruit League exhibition season — which starts with a pair of split-squad games on Monday — figure to go north for the regular season opener on April 6. If only it were really that easy, it would just be a matter of constructing an innings chart and turning the pitchers loose to sink or swim over the next four weeks.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2012
Orioles minor leaguer Travis Adair, brought up to travel with the team on its Grapefruit League opener against the Rays, is OK after he was hit by a batted ball in the side head during batting practice. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Adair, the son of Orioles pitching coach Rick Adair, was behind a batting practice screen near second base when he was hit on back left side of his head. "He got a little cut there too," Showalter said. He initially received treatment in the visiting clubhouse of Charlotte Sports Park, but was taken to a local hospital to have a precautionary CT scan.
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By Dan Connolly | June 29, 2012
Directly after Thursday's 7-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians, the Orioles' third consecutive defeat and third straight time they had allowed seven or more runs, the club held a brief, pitchers only meeting on a side “team prep” room off the clubhouse. Manager Buck Showalter and pitching coach Rick Adair were there, as well as the entire pitching staff. It didn't last more than five minutes. The players aren't commenting on what was said, but one source with knowledge of the meeting said it was called to make sure the entire staff was on the same page.
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By Dan Connolly | August 22, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel (right knee surgery) again participated in pitcher's fielding practice on Wednesday, and if he feels fine, he likely will throw 25 to 35 pitches Friday in a simulated game at Camden Yards, pitching coach Rick Adair said. Hammel is scheduled to throw one more simulated game early next week, in the 40- to 50-pitch range, and then will be re-evaluated. Infielder Wilson Betemit (wrist) had his first pain-free day Wednesday since going on the disabled list Aug. 16, O's manager Buck Showalter said.
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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 | November 22, 2013
The Orioles' hope of adding a free-agent pitcher took a bit of a hit Thursday when left-hander Jason Vargas signed a four-year, $32 million deal with the Kansas City Royals. Vargas, 30, has been someone the Orioles have coveted for years - former pitching coach Rick Adair had Vargas in Seattle and loved the lefty. And so the Orioles made trade overtures in three different seasons to try and get Vargas, but never found a deal to their liking. That the Orioles didn't land Vargas in free agency shouldn't be disappointing for the club, however.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | November 11, 2013
The Orioles will officially complete their coaching staff early this week by announcing the hire of Braves special assistant Dom Chiti as the club's new bullpen coach. With the hiring of Chiti and new pitching coach Dave Wallace, who was Braves minor league pitching coordinator the past four seasons, the Orioles have to be pleased how their coaching search panned out. They signed two well-respected, experienced coaches. Braves general manager Frank Wren, who within two weeks lost two of his most trusted assistants, is probably less pleased.
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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 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, 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 Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2013
The Orioles probably couldn't have gone terribly wrong with any of the four external candidates they interviewed for the pitching coach position before settling on Atlanta Braves minor league pitching coordinator Dave Wallace, but their choice reflects Dan Duquette's desire to get more out of the pitchers who already are on the club's roster and in the system. Wallace has been there and done that with several organizations and got a World Series ring in 2004 with the Boston Red Sox. He has extensive experience at both the major and minor league level and should come with a built-in level of trust from Duquette and manager Buck Showalter.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2013
The exhibition season is underway, but it'll be awhile before anybody should draw any conclusions from the makeup of the Orioles' Grapefruit League starting lineups or the early performances of the pitchers. Manager Buck Showalter has indicated that he's going to bring the pitchers along more slowly than usual because of the longer preseason schedule. He has nine pitchers throwing one inning apiece in the first two games and said his starters probably will pitch only two innings in their second outings.
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By Dan Connolly | August 30, 2012
In an unusual early start time - due to the pending Grand Prix of Baltimore - the Orioles' first pitch is scheduled for 12:35 p.m. If you are coming here, I hope you left early. Like Tuesday or last weekend. The streets are already a mess (and the Russell Street ramp is closed, though it wasn't supposed to be). The lineups are out and Matt Wieters is getting a day off, just protocol for the starting catcher for a day game following a night game. Mark Reynolds is batting cleanup for the first time this season.
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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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