The Orioles officially completed their coaching staff for 2014 when they named Dom Chiti as bullpen coach.
Chiti had worked for the Atlanta Braves as a special assistant to the General Manager since 2008, and this year added the title of Pitching Development and Special Assignment to his portfolio.
Chiti and new Orioles pitching coach Dave Wallace worked together with the Braves.
Before that, Chiti worked for Texas for six years where he was manager Buck Showalter’s bullpen coach in 2006. He also worked in the Rangers’ front office.
"He's a good evaluator, and he's a good coach," Showalter said. "It's a good match. He's done about everything there is to do in baseball."
Showalter believes the Wallace-Chiti combination will be a good one. "He's another set of eyes. If I was a pitcher in our organization, I like four fresh eyes looking at me," Showalter said. "I'm really anxious to see him work. I want to get out of the way and let them do what they do best."
Chiti also spent 12 years with Cleveland, including two seasons as bullpen coach, and began his post playing career with the Orioles. He spent nine seasons with the Orioles organization as a minor league pitching coach and roving pitching coach.
He never played in the major leagues, and spent five seasons in the Atlanta organization as a pitcher. He concluded his playing career with the Orioles’ Hagerstown affiliate in 1981 and began coaching a year later.
Chiti replaces Bill Castro, who had served as bullpen coach since the beginning of the 2012 season. When pitching coach Rick Adair left the team for a personal leave of absence in mid-August, Castro took over and Scott McGregor became bullpen coach.
“I thought I did well,” Castro said. “At the end of the season, I was told I did a good job.”
His contract with the Orioles expired on Oct. 31 and was disappointed he didn’t get either the pitching or bullpen coach position.
“I didn’t hear anything from anybody,” Castro said.
On Sunday, Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette called Castro to offer him a scouting job, which he declined.
Castro didn’t pursue other positions because he thought he’d stay with the Orioles. Now he will.
“Right now, I’m out there with no job,” Castro said. He previously spent 19 years with Milwaukee, mostly serving as bullpen coach. He’d like an opportunity to be either a pitching or bullpen coach in the major leagues.
McGregor said he assumes he’ll return to his job as rehab coordinator in Sarasota, but he was hoping to get the bullpen coach position.
“I knew we were in the running, Billy and me. We had a chance. I thought we did a good job,” McGregor said.