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October 29, 2010

Orioles agree with Adair as bullpen coach

Rick Adair, the former Seattle Mariners pitching coach, will be joining hitting coach Jim Presley on Buck Showalter’s 2011 staff.

Adair will become the Orioles’ bullpen coach, replacing Alan Dunn, who has been offered a job working with minor league pitchers in the organization.

According to an industry source, Adair and Presley have agreed to two-year deals with the Orioles, though some contractual language is still being worked out.

That leaves four spots open on Showalter’s staff: pitching coach and bench coach as well as third base and first base coaches who will also have dual responsibility for infield and outfield instruction.

Adair, 52, has spent seven years as a major league pitching coach, including the past two seasons with the Mariners. He was fired in August along with Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu, who is the leading candidate to become Showalter’s bench coach.

Presley is traveling and could not be reached for comment. Adair declined to comment until an official Orioles announcement is made.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 6:39 PM | | Comments (8)
        

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If all plays out as predicted, the staff will have a distinctly Seattle flavor next year - Presley, Adair, Wakamatsu. Hope it works out better in Baltimore than it did in Seattle!

Is Rick Jerry's son?

No, he's not, but he does have major league connections.

He is the nephew of Billy Martin's drinking buddy, Art Fowler and a cousin of former SS Wayne Tolleson.

An article about Rick Adair from last March: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/larrystone/2011373021_stone18.html

Dan -- Based on the article provided by "Attila the Hon" (big thumbs-up on a great read) Adair looks like an amazing catch for the Orioles; in fact, from what I've read there and elsewhere, he could easily be the pitching coach.

Seattle made a big mistake in firing him. Now the O's will have the equivalent of two top notch coaches working with the staff; let's just hope they'll work together well. Here's a column that adds to what Attila's article had to say about Adair.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/jerrybrewer/2009456832_brewer12.html

I have a question concerning your article announcing the Adair and JimPresley signings. At one point you mention that Buck Showalter would neither confirm or deny them, which, of course, is normal operating procedure before an official announcement has been made.

My question is this: In situations like that why do you and probably every other reporter even bother to ask the question, knowing beforehand that the answer, in so many words, is going to be "no comment"? After all, in your case, you've been covering the O's for a decade, so you can't say it's your first rodeo. : ) Thanks.

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Ken:
Excellent question. It's a little journalism trick that both the interviewer and interviewee understand. If a subject denies a report, he/she is saying it isn't true. But sometimes he/she feels it is not their place to confirm it, even though it could be (or is) true. That's often the case with "neither confirm nor deny." It's often a way for the subject to say "you're not wrong, but I can't say you're not wrong." It's also a way of showing the reader that the interviewer did attempt to ask the question. Because the "no comment" or whatever is often fairly telling. Hope that makes sense.

It appears that Buck has either hired or is intent on hiring the entire Seattle Mariners coaching staff.

Considering that the Ms were one of the very few teams as bad or even worse than we were, why would he possibly put so much faith in these guys?

Dan -- Thanks for clarifying; it does make sense. I figured part of the reason was to show readers that an effort had been made. More importantly, it gives us as much information as you and Buck are able to provide under the circumstances.

Has Billy Ripken been considered for "ANY" of the open positions?

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Yes, he has.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.


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