Reflections on Willie Randolph

At 3:28 AM on June 17, 2008 I got a call from one of my writers. My first instinct was to hang up on him. “Joe, get up, Willie Randolph just got fired!” I still remember how those words made me jump out of bed, rush to my desktop, and 20 minutes later I posted this: The Mets have fired manager Willie Randolph, as well as pitching coach Rick Peterson and first base coach...
Via Mets Merized Online
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Villeneuve officially returning to IndyCars for Indianapolis 500

Jacques Villeneuve is ready to make an IndyCar comeback. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports said Wednesday it has hired Villeneuve to race in this year's Indianapolis 500, 19 years after the Canadian driver first drank the milk in Victory Lane. ''IndyCar is growing again and that's why last year when I started watching races again, every time I watched I felt almost angry...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Kevin Gausman, MLB Ready?

Rick Peterson looked on from the Bowie Baysox’s dugout as Kevin Gausman stated his case. The Orioles’ prized right hander decimated the Trenton Thunder over six innings, strike outing ten and allowing few well hit balls. With Baltimore four games behind the American League East division leaders and their rotation in shambles, expect Gausman to earn a promotion after the super...
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May 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Will The Mets Cap Matt Harvey’s Innings Again In 2013?

Sports Illustrated released a list on Tuesday about a baseball phenomenon called the “Year-After Effect.” It’s been also referred to by the more widely known “Verducci Effect”, named after the SI journalist. But it was actually based on principles and protocols established by Rick Peterson, the former pitching coach, who was at Oakland at the time along with GM Sandy Alderson...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Potential New Rule Is Open To Interpretation

Ex-Met Ryota Igarashi reacts to the news that his interpreter has left the building. A Japanese pitcher, a catcher and a pitching coach walk into a bar.  Think you understand where this joke is going?  No?  Well, the protagonists of the joke didn’t understand it either.  But come Opening Day, they’ll have a better chance of getting it. According to Jayson Stark of espn.com...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Every Pitch Is Bad For You

The Orioles — and to some extent, the Royals — have sworn off the cutter. Now it looks like the Red Sox are eschewing the slider. The curveball is probably bad for you. If you throw the changeup one way, you might be at risk for injury. We’re years ahead of a stream of knuckleball copycats, and there’s only one screwball pitcher in the big leagues. Maybe one day we’ll find...
Via Fangraphs
December 20, 2012  |  Discuss


The season ended, and that usually means I need a little bit of time to decompress, evaluate, and consider the things that have happened. I also like to sit down and absorb what the rest of the baseball world is saying about the team and where they need to go next year. For the first time since I began blogging I actually expected the tone directed toward the Orioles to be different...
Via Oriole Post
November 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox Look To Name New Pitching Coach

By SBRForum.com With so much speculation going on with the Boston Red Sox over the course of the offseason, many have wondered who they would name as their new pitching coach.  A decision has been made and will be announced by Tuesday.  Many names have been thrown into the hat, but as of now, the frontrunner for the job is current Baltimore Orioles pitching coach Rick Peterson...
Via Bloody Sox
November 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Juan Nieves’ Relationship With John Farrell Should Ensure Red Sox Pitchers Are All on Same Page (Video)

The Red Sox’ decision to hire Juan Nieves as their new pitching coach caught many by surprise, as Rick Peterson‘s name was constantly floated around in connection with the job. But perhaps we shouldn’t be all that shocked by the move. NESN’s Tom Caron caught up with The Boston Globe’s Pete Abraham to discuss the Nieves hiring, and Abraham pointed to manager John Farrell‘s...
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November 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: Red Sox to go with Nieves as pitching coach

The Boston Red Sox apparently are close to naming Juan Nieves their pitching coach. Nieves, a former major-league pitcher who threw a no-hitter with the Milwaukee Brewers, has worked as the Chicago White Sox's bullpen coach for the past five seasons and also in their minor-league system for nine years as a pitching coach. ESPN.com reported that new Red Sox manager John Farrell...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Juan Nieves to be named Sox pitching coach

Despite  John Farrell's endorsement of Rick Peterson, the Red Sox will name Juan Nieves as their pitching coach. A major league source on Wednesday confirmed a report that the Red Sox will name Juan Nieves pitching coach. Nieves, a former Brewers pitcher, most recently served as bullpen coach for the White Sox since 2008. CBS Sports baseball insider Jon Heyman had...
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November 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox Hope to Select Fifth Pitching Coach Since 2010 by End of Week

BOSTON –– All eyes are on the pitching coach vacancy. As of now, the Red Sox have Rick Peterson, Randy St. Claire, Juan Nieves and Steve Foster in contention for the position. But Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington believes they will have the list whittled down to one candidate very soon."We're getting closer," Cherington said of the job. ...
Via NESN.com
November 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Farrell favors Rick Peterson for pitching coach

The search for the Sox' next pitching coach is taking much longer than expected. We all know John Farrell is going to be the leading man in getting the pitching staff right during spring training, and contrary to what some may think, this team needs a good pitching coach. John Farrell has voiced his opinion and heavily favors Rick Peterson to fill the spot. The Red Sox...
Via Ted's Army
November 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox manager Farrell wants team to hire Peterson

The Boston Red Sox are expected to name their new pitching coach on Tuesday and a source told ESPN Boston that new manager John Farrell wants the team to hire Rick Peterson. Peterson, a longtime major-league pitching coach, interviewed for the job on Saturday. Peterson met with general manager Ben Cherington, CEO Larry Lucchino, vice president/assistant general manager Mike Hazen...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: Red Sox Pitching Coach Search Expands to Include Randy St. Claire, Steve Foster, Juan Nieves and Rick Peterson

John Farrell and the Red Sox are continuing to search for the team's next pitching coach, and they are reportedly casting the net a bit wider. Adding to previous reports that the team was speaking with Orioles pitching coordinator Rick Peterson, the Sox now appear to be expanding their search to include three more names: Randy St. Claire, Steve Foster and Juan Nieves. ...
Via NESN.com
November 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox Interview For Pitching Coach

The Red Sox have begun to look for a new pitching coach and are starting the interview process with Orioles director of pitching development Rick Peterson.  In the past Peterson was the pitching coach for the Mets, A's and Brewers.
Via Fenway West
October 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Do Cutters Kill Fastball Velocity?

“Typically what we see is the more you throw that cutter, you can become dependent on it and you start to overuse it and typically what happens to guys that overuse the cutter is their fastball velocity drops. That has been consistent over the years.” — Orioles Director of Pitching Development Rick Peterson Last week, Orioles Vice President Dan Duquette staked out a stance...
Via Fangraphs
August 29, 2012  |  Discuss

The NFC West's Most Elusive Ball Carriers

The “most elusive ball carriers” series continues with the NFC West representatives from the San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, and Arizona Cardinals. These “elusive ball carriers are qualified for this list by making defenders miss and occasionally making them pay for attempting to bring the ball-carrier down. Although the NFC West is not the division...
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July 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Orioles Using Bloomberg's Data Presentation Tool

Yesterday the Orioles held an event at Camden Yards with Bloomberg Sports to show off the Bloomberg Baseball Data Tool they've started using (you know, the one that makes those graphics we see on the broadcast showing that Brian Matusz throws 55% fastballs, 15% change-ups, etc.). I unfortunately forgot my notepad, so the recap is all from memory. Dan Duquette* spoke briefly...
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June 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Painting the Black: Occam's Rubber by R.J. Anderson

Everyone on the outside wants to analyze pitching coaches, yet nobody can. Not knowing the coach’s instructions to his staff leaves an information gap between the numbers and anecdotal evidence. In return, there are two choices for evaluating a pitching coach: defer to the organization or take the anecdotal evidence at face value. The problem with anecdotal evidence is how it...
Via Baseball Prospectus
April 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Ex-MLB pitching coach Peterson hired by Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles have hired former major league pitching coach Rick Peterson to be their director of pitching development. The one-year deal was announced on the team website. Peterson is to oversee the team's minor league pitchers, a job formerly held by Alan Dunn. Peterson was named pitching coach of the Oakland Athletics in 1998. He joined the New York Mets in 2003...
Via AP on Fox
January 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Peterson agrees to join Orioles organization

Rick Peterson officially agreed to join the Orioles organization on Monday and is expected to serve as pitching development coordinator.
Via orioles.com
January 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Quick Hits: Orioles, Cespedes, Dodgers

Links for Monday, as teams and players continue avoiding arbitration in advance of tomorrow's deadline for exchanging figures... Former A's, Mets and Brewers pitching coach Rick Peterson has accepted a job with the Orioles, MASNsports.com's Roch Kubatko reports. The sides have been discussing a pitching-related role since last month. ESPN.com’s Buster Olney suggests...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
January 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Orioles officially hire pitching guru Rick Peterson

'The Professor' will become director of pitching developmentAfter weeks of discussion and three separate meetings, the Orioles and pitching guru Rick Peterson have agreed to a much-anticipated deal Monday that will put Peterson in charge of developing pitching throughout the organization, an industry source confirmed.
Via Baltimore Sun
January 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Orioles Notes: Chen, Roberts, Peterson

Luke Scott hit 84 home runs with the Orioles from 2008-11, but his next homer will come as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays. The 33-year-old agreed to terms with the Rays earlier today. Here's the latest on his former team...  Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen has “a good fastball and very good control and a good breaking ball,” GM Dan Duquette told Dan Connolly of the Baltimore...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
January 11, 2012  |  Discuss

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