Dave Wallace enjoyed his time in the Atlanta Braves’ organization. He liked working with the Braves’ young pitchers. But, part of him missed the major league competition.
When the Orioles offered him the job as pitching coach, Wallace eagerly accepted it. Even though he’s never worked with Dan Duquette or Buck Showalter, he is looking forward to the opportunity.
“I know the respect they have in the game,” Wallace said.
He hasn’t been a major league pitching coach since 2007, and the Orioles are the fifth team he’s coached for.
“It’s a fantastic baseball town and a great place to be,” Wallace said in a Tuesday night conference call. “When you get a chance to do it on a stage like Baltimore, you can’t pass it up.”
Wallace has been with the Dodgers, Mets, Red Sox and Astros as a pitching coach, winning a World Series for Boston in 2006 and an NL pennant with New York in 2001. For the last four years, he's been Atlanta's minor league pitching coodinator.
He’s looking forward to working with the Orioles’ staff.
“You never stop learning,” Wallace said. “I have an affinity for young pitchers. You study them. You learn the personalities.”
Wallace has spoken with people in the game about the Orioles’ staff and said he was going to try and catch up with his new staff over the winter.
“You try and have a way with the players to bring their strengths out,” Wallace said.
“I’m familiar with the abilities, not the personalities…I know there’s some real talent.”
Wallace was chosen over former Philadelphia pitching coach Rich Dubee, Seattle pitching coach Carl Willis and Texas bullpen coach Andy Hawkins.