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Rick Peterson fired by Brewers after interviewing for own job

Philadelphia Phillies v Milwaukee Brewers

MILWAUKEE, WI - MAY 15: Pitcher Chris Narveson #38 of the Milwaukee Brewers talks with pitching coach Rick Peterson #47 against the Philadelphia Phillies at Miller Park on May 15, 2010 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Phillies defeated the Brewers 10-6. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

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Rick Peterson has one year left on his contract as Milwaukee’s pitching coach, but last week the Brewers made him re-interview for his own job after hiring Ron Roenicke as their new manager and now Ken Rosenthal of reports that they’ve decided to fire him.

Rosenthal notes that the Yankees, Mets, and Pirates still have pitching coach openings, but presumably rejoining the Mets isn’t an option for Peterson after he was fired by New York in mid-2008 along with manager Willie Randolph.

Peterson had a tough job in Milwaukee, taking over a pitching staff that allowed the league’s second-most runs in 2009. They improved this season, but only slightly, allowing the third-most runs in the league. He made a name for himself as the A’s pitching coach when The Big Three of Tim Hudson, Barry Zito, and Mark Mulder were atop the rotation, but his star has dimmed considerably since then and he may have to settle for a minor-league gig at this point.