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Brewers hire Rick Kranitz to replace Rick Peterson as pitching coach

Rick Kranitz, Brad Bergesen, Kennie Steenstra

Baltimore Orioles pitching coach Rick Kranitz, left, signals two more pitches to catcher Matt Wieters as pitcher Brad Bergesen stands beside him while throwing from an indoor mound as rain fell at Ed Smith Stadium during baseball spring training in Sarasota, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010. Bergesen strained his right shoulder capsule while filming an ad for the Orioles in early December. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


After making Rick Peterson interview for his own job only to fire him a week later, the Brewers have hired Rick Kranitz to replace him as pitching coach.

New manager Ron Roenicke met twice with Peterson, but the team decided to let him go and eat the one season and $450,000 remaining on his contract.

Kranitz spent the past three seasons as the Orioles’ pitching coach, but was not asked back when new manager Buck Showalter made changes to his staff last month. Baltimore’s pitching staff ranked 13th, 14th, and 13th among AL teams in runs allowed under Kranitz, while the Brewers ranked 14th among NL teams in runs allowed under Peterson.