John Farrell, the Boston Red Sox's new manager, is busy trying to assemble a coaching staff. Farrell, who beat out Orioles third base coach DeMarlo Hale for the Red Sox job, is reportedly considering his former Toronto pitching coach Bruce Walton and bullpen coach Pete Walker to be Boston's new pitching coach.
Orioles director of pitching development Rick Peterson might like to be considered for the job, but according to my CSNNE.com colleague, Sean McAdam, Peterson is considered “a longshot candidate.”
Peterson, who had been a pitching coach with Oakland, the New York Mets and Milwaukee, was hired early this year by Orioles executive vice president for baseball operations Dan Duquette to work with minor league pitchers.
When reached by CSNBaltimore.com late Thursday afternoon, Peterson said that the Red Sox had not asked for permission to interview him, but he said he might have interest in a major league pitching coach job if it was offered.
“Ideally, I’m in the dugout. Since 1998, I’ve been in the dugout,” Peterson said. “If an opportunity did exist, I would explore it.”
Peterson, who was lauded for his work in the Orioles’ minor league system this season, said he’s not campaigning for that or any other major league job.
“That would be inappropriate,” he said, noting that he’s under contract with the Orioles.