Adair won't return as Orioles pitching coach

Adair won't return as Orioles pitching coach
October 16, 2013, 11:15 pm
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Rick Adair, who left the team for personal reasons in mid-August, will not return as Orioles pitching coach next year according to an industry source. 

Adair was under contract for 2014. When he left the club, he was replaced by bullpen coach Bill Castro whose contract expires at the end of the month.

Castro will be interviewed for the position.

Adair was named bullpen coach for the 2011 season, but became pitching coach in June of that season after Mark Connor left the team. Castro replaced him Adair as bullpen coach for the 2012 season.

Scott McGregor served as bullpen coach for the last six weeks of the season.

The other coaches, Wayne Kirby (first base), Bobby Dickerson (third base), John Russell (bench), Jim Presley (hitting) and Einar Diaz are expected to return. Kirby and Dickerson were given extensions.

When Buck Showalter became manager in 2010, he inherited six coaches, none of whom returned for 2011, and in each season since then, he has had to replace at least one.

Willie Randolph began 2011 as bench coach, but he and John Russell, who was third base coach, switched roles during the season, and Randolph left afterward. He was replaced by DeMarlo Hale, who left for Toronto after last season. Dickerson replaced Hale for this season.

Showalter said in early September that Adair was dealing with his terminally ill father, but Adair did not return after his father’s death later that month. Showalter said he had met with Adair both in September and planned to meet with him after the season ended.

MASNsports.com was the first to report the news.