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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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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

SARASOTA, Fla. -- A person familiar with the negotiations says pitcher Chris Tillman and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract.

The deal includes performance bonuses, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal had not yet been announced.

Tillman was 1-7 with a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances last year. He would be the second starter added by the Orioles in the past week after right-hander Andrew Cashner.

Tillman likely would join right-handers Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Cashner in the rotation.

The 29-year-old right-hander lives in Sarasota and had been working out at the Orioles' facility before spring training. Manager Buck Showalter watched Tillman throw and was impressed.

Tillman began last season on the disabled list with right shoulder stiffness.

"Better than he did last year at this time. I think he's got the chance to pitch well for somebody this year," Showalter said. "A lot of the challenges he had last year -- this time last year -- aren't there. Somebody's going to reap the benefits."

Tillman's is 73-55 with a 4.43 ERA in nine major league seasons, all with the Orioles. He won 16 games in both 2013 and 2016.

"He's a guy when he's healthy you can bank on him giving you 200 innings and keeping his ERA between a 3 and a 4," Gausman said. "That in the AL East is always going to be very valuable."


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Orioles Spring Training Schedule 2018

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Orioles Spring Training Schedule 2018

Live baseball is close to gracing our television screens again. The Orioles haven't had the most active offseason, to put it mildly. Fans are still wondering who will make up more than half the spots in this year's rotation, and Manny Machado's upcoming free agency is looming over every decision the organization makes.

Still, it's exciting to be able to follow the team again. Not every game is televised, so get ready to constantly refresh your favorite beat writer's Twitter account for all your updates.

Even without getting to watch the games, it'll be comforting to once again check box scores in the morning to see if Jonathan Schoop is building on his breakout season, or if top-prospect Austin Hays is all he's cracked up to be (spoiler: he is).

This year's spring training will be especially interesting, considering how many big-name players will be signing in the next few weeks. The O's haven't yet made a big splash this offseason, but with the sheer volume of capable players still on the market, you have to wonder if they'll try to sign some impact players at bargain values.

Typically, the excitement of adding a new piece to the lineup or rotation has to be reignited after a long winter off, but this season, those additions will be taking place while camp is already underway.

It's going to be a hectic few weeks as teams prepare for thier seasons, so bookmark this page to check on on the Orioles spring training schedule over the next few weeks as the team finally takes the field in 2018.

Orioles 2018 Spring Training Schedule

Friday, Feb. 23 (SS) - Rays at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Saturday, Feb. 24 (SS) - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Feb. 24 (SS) - Twins at Orioles, 6:05 pm
Sunday, Feb. 25 - Orioles at Red Sox, 1:05 pm 
Monday, Feb. 26 - Tigers at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Feb. 27 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 28 - Cardinals at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 1 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 2 - Pirates at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 3 (SS) - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 4 - Red Sox at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Tuesday, Mar. 6 - Orioles at Twins, 1:05 pm 
Wednesday, Mar. 7 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Thursday, Mar. 8 - Blue Jays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 9 - Orioles at Blue Jays, 1:07 pm
Saturday, Mar. 10 (SS) - Pirates at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 11 (SS) - Orioles at Red Sox, 1:05 pm 
Sunday, Mar. 11 (SS) - Phillies at Orioles, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Monday, Mar. 12 - Orioles at Pirates, 1:05 pm 
Tuesday, Mar. 13 - Orioles at Twins, 1:05 pm 
Wednesday, Mar. 14 - Yankees at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 15 - Orioles at Cardinals, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 16 - Orioles at Mets, 1:10 pm 
Saturday, Mar. 17 (SS) - Blue Jays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 18 - Mets at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Monday, Mar. 19 - Orioles at Tigers, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Mar. 20 - Rays at Orioles, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Wednesday, Mar. 21 - Orioles at Yankees, 6:35 pm 
Thursday, Mar. 22 - Red Sox at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Friday, Mar. 23 (SS) - Rays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 24 - Twins at Orioles, 6:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 25 - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm 
Monday, Mar. 27 (in Norfolk, VA) - Orioles at Tides (AAA), 3:05 pm