Pitch­ing coach Dave Wal­lace to re­tire

Club to ‘look from within first’ for re­place­ment; man charged in Toronto can toss

Baltimore Sun - - ORIOLES - By Jon Me­oli jme­oli@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/JonMe­oli Bal­ti­more Sun re­porter Car­rie Wells con­trib­uted to this ar­ti­cle.

Ori­oles pitch­ing coach Dave Wal­lace is “go­ing to re­tire from ac­tive ma­jor league coach­ing,” man­ager Buck Showal­ter said at the team’s end-of-sea­son news con­fer­ence Thurs­day.

“He’s at a point in his life where he needs to be home a lit­tle more, but he’s go­ing to still be ac­tive in some form or fash­ion the next year,” Showal­ter said. “Hope­fully it’s with us. We’ll see how that works out. He’s got some things he’s got to stay on top of at home, like all of us do. But he’s go­ing to re­tire from [be­ing] an ac­tive ma­jor league coach.”

As a re­sult, Showal­ter said the team will be­gin a search soon. While he didn’t dis­count the can­di­dacy of bullpen coach Dom Chiti, Showal­ter said he does not fore­see any changes with the other five coaches.

“We’re go­ing to look at all the can­di­dates and, as al­ways, we try to look in­side first,” Showal­ter said. “We’ve got some good, ca­pa­ble peo­ple in our or­ga­ni­za­tion, but you’re al­ways try­ing to place them in the ca­pac­ity that best fits what their skills are. We’ll take a look at it. Dom has done a lot of dif­fer­ent jobs in base­ball, from farm direc­tor to scout­ing direc­tor to as­sis­tant GM to ma­jor league coach. Dom, he’s a soldier.

“I do want to stress, I and we are go­ing to look from within first. Some­times, you don’t want to rob from Peter to pay Paul, though. Dom is ob­vi­ously a real bird in the hand down in the bullpen. It’s been a big rea­son, he and [Wal­lace] both, that our bullpen has been really con­sis­tent and strong, and should be one of our strengths next year. I’m go­ing to be care­ful and we’re go­ing to be care­ful not to tin­ker with that too much.”

How­ever, Showal­ter said Wal­lace’s an­nounc­ing his depar­ture so soon “would give us the ben­e­fit of as much time pos­si­ble to look around and have some peo­ple maybe voice they’re in­ter­ested.”

Wal­lace was hired af­ter the 2013 sea­son and over­saw two trips to the play­offs in his three sea­sons with the Ori­oles. This year, the team ranked 10th in the Amer­i­can League with a 4.22 ERA, and in his three-year ten­ure with the Ori­oles, the team ranked sixth in the AL with a 3.90 ERA.

Wal­lace be­gan his ma­jor league coach­ing ca­reer in 1995 as pitch­ing coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and­served in the same­role Ori­oles man­ager Buck Showal­ter, left, and ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent Dan Du­quette speak at an end-of-the-sea­son news con­fer­ence at Cam­den Yards. Re­tir­ing pitch­ing coach Dave Wal­lace, left, with starter Yo­vani Gal­lardo, will stay ac­tive in base­ball in some ca­pac­ity. for the New York Mets (1999-2000), Bos­ton Red Sox (2003-2006) and Hous­ton Astros (2007). He was in front of­fice and player de­vel­op­ment ca­pac­i­ties with the Dodgers, Seattle Mariners and At­lanta Braves. Man charged in beer can toss: The Ori­oles top brass said Thurs­day that they ap­pre­ci­ated the Toronto Blue Jays’ swift and stern re­sponse to the in­ci­dent in Tues­day night’s wild-card game at Rogers Cen­tre in which a fan threw a can at left fielder Hyun Soo Kim as he was camped un­der a fly ball.

“The Blue Jays, to their credit, reached out to us and [team pres­i­dent and CEO] Mark Shapiro apol­o­gized to the Ori­oles or­ga­ni­za­tion and of course, Kim and [cen­ter fielder] Adam [ Jones],” ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent Dan Du­quette said Thurs­day at the news con­fer­ence. “They told us they’re mak­ing some ad­just­ments to ad­dress that so it doesn’t hap­pen in the fu­ture. One thing you can do is you can pour the beer in the cup so the con­sumer is no longer hold­ing the can, and you can in­crease your security pres­ence around ar­eas. So we’ve been as­sured that that’s what’s go­ing to hap­pen in Toronto. We don’t go back there any­more this year, but I expect there will be a lot of in­ter­est in our games next year.”

The Blue Jays fan sus­pected of hurl­ing the can at Kim turned him­self in Thurs­day night, Toronto po­lice said. Ken­neth Pa­gan, 41, was charged with mis­chief and could be in­car­cer­ated for up to two years if con­victed, said David Hop­kin­son, a spokesman for Toronto po­lice.

Pa­gan, a res­i­dent of Hamil­ton, On­tario, turned him­self in to po­lice at 7:15 p.m., Hop­kin­son said. Showal­ter on Brit­ton de­ci­sion: Showal­ter, in his first local com­ments since the team’s 5-2 wild-card loss to the Blue Jays and the crit­i­cism of his de­ci­sion not to use closer Zach Brit­ton, said he hasn’t heard much of the neg­a­tiv­ity about that move but is more con­cerned about it over­shad­ow­ing what he thought was a good sea­son for the team.

“I un­der­stand the way it works, and I’ll wear it,” Showal­ter said. “There’s been a lot of really nice things said to me, and about me, since I’ve been here, and it’s been a great place. It’ll con­tinue to be. It’s just un­for­tu­nate for our play­ers and our fans. I know they care a lot, ob­vi­ously, and they’re very pas­sion­ate about us be­ing suc­cess­ful.”

The cri­tiques have come from all cir­cles of the base­ball world, with local and na­tional fig­ures ques­tion­ing Showal­ter go­ing to and stick­ing with Ubaldo Jimenez in the 11th in­ning Tues­day in Toronto. To that point, he had used re­liev­ers My­chal Givens, Don­nie Hart, Brad Brach, Dar­ren O’Day and Brian Duensing to ex­tend the game and keep it tied from the fifth in­ning to the 11th. But he held back Brit­ton, the league’s best closer, for a save sit­u­a­tion that never came.

Showal­ter’s son, Nathan, and daugh­ter, Al­lie, told him of some of the com­men­tary about the de­ci­sion, but he said he didn’t see much him­self.

“I un­der­stand where the emo­tion comes from, and I would be the same way if I was some­one who cared a lot about the Ori­oles,” Showal­ter said. “No one cares more about them than I do, and our play­ers and our coaches. I don’t know if ‘worry’ is the word, but you have anx­i­ety about howit re­flects on your city, your or­ga­ni­za­tion and your play­ers, and you don’t want any­thing to de­tract from the great things they ac­com­plished this year.” Around the horn: Du­quette said the team has not yet broached dis­cus­sions for a con­tract ex­ten­sion with sec­ond base­man Jonathan Schoop, who en­ters ar­bi­tra­tion this year. … Showal­ter said first base­man Chris Davis’ hand in­jury lim­ited him for most of the sea­son but won’t re­quire surgery. … Showal­ter said Jones won’t be the lead­off hit­ter again next year. He com­mended Jones for tak­ing to it so well.

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