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With Orioles pitching coach Dave Wallace gone, here are some possible replacements

With Orioles pitching coach Dave Wallace gone, here are some possible replacements

The Orioles are faced with a monumental task. How do they replace Dave Wallace, who had three outstanding seasons as their pitching coach? 

In talking with a number of major league sources, there are many names that the Orioles could consider. Here are some of them. 

1) Dom Chiti

Chiti is the most obvious candidate. He was Wallace’s trusted lieutenant as bullpen coach, a sort of second pitching coach. 

When Wallace left to handle family matters each month, it was usually Chiti who filled in. 

Manager Buck Showalter may prefer someone else who has been a major league pitching coach, which Chiti has not. 

Chiti and Showalter worked together in Texas when Chiti held a variety of jobs. He’s well thought of in the game and could choose to go elsewhere, or he could remain as bullpen coach for a new pitching coach. 

2) Roger McDowell

McDowell who worked with Wallace and Chiti when they ran minor league pitching in Atlanta, was fired as the Braves pitching coach last week after 11 seasons. 

He’s among the most experienced available pitching coaches and was cited by former Orioles closer Jim Johnson for working well with him in Atlanta. 

McDowell ended his 12-season major league career with the Orioles in 1996. 

3) Andy Hawkins

Hawkins was one of four finalists for the job in 2013 when Wallace was hired. Red Sox pitching coach Carl Willis and Tigers pitching coach Rich Dubee were the others. 

At the time, Hawkins was the Texas Rangers’ bullpen coach. He’s moved on from Texas and spent this year in the Kansas City organization as its Triple-A Omaha pitching coach. 

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Hawkins was a  minor league pitching coach with the Rangers when Showalter managed there and was a player on the Yankees when Showalter was a coach. 

4) Rick Kranitz

Kranitz was the Orioles pitching coach when Showalter became manager in Aug. 2010. After the season, Kranitz and the other Orioles coaches were not retained. 

He moved on to Milwaukee in 2011 replacing Orioles minor league guru Rick Peterson as pitching coach, and while his name was mentioned for the vacancy three years ago, nothing came of it. 

Kranitz who was also a Marlins pitching coach prior to his hiring in Baltimore, moved on to the Philadelphia Phillies for this season where he served as bullpen coach. 

5) Ramon Martinez

Martinez, the Orioles’ Special Assignment Pitching Instructor, is close with Wallace and filled in for him early this season when he had to leave the club. 

Even though his concentration was supposed to be on developing Latin American pitchers, Martinez, who has not been a major league coach, is credited with working well with Wei-Yin Chen. 

6) Frank Viola

Viola is the only person on this preliminary list who has no ties to either the Orioles or Showalter. 

He is credited with outstanding work with the New York Mets’ Triple-A Las Vegas team, and is cited as an up-and-coming coach. 

Viola had a wonderful 15 season major league career and has worked his way up in the Mets organization for the past five seasons. 

7) Dave Miller

Miller, the least known name on the list, was a minor league pitcher in the Orioles organization from 1986-1992, topping out at Triple-A Rochester. 

He’s been with the Cleveland organization since 1993 in a number of roles, and spent time as the Indians bullpen coach. He’s currently a major league scout for Cleveland. 

8) Alan Mills

Mills, a longtime fan favorite, Mills spent nine of his 12 major league seasons with the Orioles. 

His work in the Orioles minor league system has been praised, and two of his pitchers at Double-A Bowie, Mychal Givens and Donnie Hart have jumped directly to the major leagues. 

The Orioles also could consider Peterson, their Director of Pitching Development and a pitching coach for three major league teams and Mike Griffin, their Triple-A Norfolk pitching coach. 


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Wade Miley roughed up again, Orioles shut out in St. Pete

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Wade Miley roughed up again, Orioles shut out in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison homered Friday night and the Tampa Bay Rays clinched third place in the AL East with a 7-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

Longoria led off the fifth with his 20th homer off Baltimore starter Wade Miley, marking Longoria's fifth straight 20-homer season and the ninth of his 10-year career.


Morrison hit his 38th homer off reliever Chris Tillman in the seventh.

Rays starter Jake Odorizzi left his final start of the season after four innings with a sore right knee.

Brad Boxberger (4-4) got the win as the first of four Tampa Bay relievers.

Miley (8-15) lost his fifth straight start, giving up four runs and five hits in four innings. He walked five, raising his major league-leading total to 93. The Baltimore bullpen gave up five more walks.

Trey Mancini had one of Baltimore's four hits. It was Mancini's 158th hit, tying Cal Ripken (1982) for second-place all-time among Oriole rookies.

The Orioles, shut out for the 11th time, lost for the 17th time in 21 games and dropped three games behind Tampa Bay with two games left in the season.

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MLB Wild Card Standings: Projecting the standings with three days left


MLB Wild Card Standings: Projecting the standings with three days left

With the MLB postseason only five days away and three more days in the regular season the playoff field is almost set.

After Thursday night’s action, the St. Louis Cardinals were eliminated from the second Wild Card spot in the National League. Their 2-1 loss to the Cubs put them too far out of reach of the Rockies.

In the American League the AL East race is all but done after the Yankees lost on Thursday.



Not too many changes in the American League race after yesterday.

The New York Yankees (89-70) lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 9-6 at home after entering the day only three games back in the division. While the Boston Red Sox (92-67) lost too, three games to surpass is too much for even the Bronx Bombers to overcome.

It will be interesting though to watch both teams sweat. Boston hosts the Houston Astros who are trying to overtake the Indians for the top seed in the AL. New York hosts division rivals Toronto.

The Minnesota Twins (83-76) lost to the Indians after allowing 10 hits in the contest. Win or lose it does not matter how they end the season because they will be the No. 5 seed and the visitors in the American League Wild Card Game. Presumably it will be against the Yankees.


New York Yankees:     +6.0 
Minnesota Twins:           ---


Colorado was off on Thursday night in preparation for their final series of the year against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Milwaukee Brewers (84-75) did manage to gain a half game with their nail biting 4-3 win over the Reds. Brett Phillips hit a go-ahead double in the sixth inning and the final three frames remained scoreless for both squads.

They now move to two games back of the Colorado Rockies (86-73) with three games to go.

Colorado will host their final series against the Dodgers. Milwaukee is traveling to the St. Louis Cardinals (82-77) for their final three games. St. Louis is now out of contention, four games out of the final Wild Card spot.

FanGraphs.com now has Colorado at a 93.3 percent chance of taking the final postseason spot.  Milwaukee moved up slightly to 6.7 percent.



#4 Arizona Diamondbacks:  +6.0
Colorado Rockies:                   ---
Milwaukee Brewers:              -2.0