Orioles Hire Rick Peterson
Despite having a pitching coach in place, the Orioles made another hire in that department Monday, hiring Rick Peterson. Peterson will be working with the pitchers in all levels of the Orioles organization.
As Dan Connolly puts it, “In essence, Peterson will be minor league pitching coordinator – a spot vacant since Alan Dunn left during the 2011 season – with some additional responsibilities and a new title, director of pitching development.
Peterson, 57, is a renowned former big-league pitching coach (Oakland A’s, New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers) who has been nicknamed “The Professor” for his merging of psychological philosophies with biomedical research and findings.”
Even with Peterson on board, Rick Adair will still be the pitching coach of the Orioles. No terms of the deal have been announced. Rick Peterson has a long history of success stories with pitchers throughout all the organizations who employed him. Any team in MLB can only go as far as its pitching takes them. With any luck, Peterson will restore order and lay a solid foundation to all the pitchers, young and old, so they can reach their full potential when they hit the big leagues.