The Orioles are nearing the end of the search for a successor to Rick Adair.
Dan Duquette, the team’s executive vice president of baseball operations likes the four aspirants, former Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee, Seattle pitching coach Carl Willis, Texas bullpen coach Andy Hawkins and longtime major league pitching coach Dave Wallace, who’s currently Atlanta’s minor league pitching coordinator.
“We have some good candidates,” Duquette said on Thursday night.
The team announced last Friday that Adair, who had been pitching coach since June 2011 would not return next year.
He declined to say whether the team would formally interview any of the four internal candidates who manager Buck Showalter named last week, Bill Castro and Scott McGregor, who served as pitching and bullpen coaches after Adair took a leave of absence for personal reasons in the last six weeks of the season as well as Norfolk pitching coach Mike Griffin and the team’s director of pitching development Rick Peterson.
“We have a couple of more things to do,” Duquette said. He also didn’t specify whether there would be any more external candidates, but said he was impressed with the current candidate’s qualifications.
Duquette said the search for Adair’s replacement would end within the next week.
“Hopefully by the end of the month,” he said.