Rick Peterson has had a long and interesting career in baseball. After a stint in the Pirates’ minor league system as a player, he became a Single-A coach in 1979. Other minors coaching gigs eventually led him to the Oakland A’s, where he became major league pitching coach in 1998. It wasn’t long before his development of hurlers like Barry Zito, Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder made Peterson one of the most recognizable names in the industry. So when Dan Duquette was looking for a director of pitching development shortly after being hired by the Orioles in late 2011, Peterson — who had been let go by the Milwaukee Brewers a year earlier — was a natural fit.
In this week’s “Minor League Podcast,” voice of the Bowie Baysox Adam Pohl sits down with the O’s pitching guru to discuss his philosophies on mechanics, the mindset needed to succeed in professional baseball and even life lessons he’s learned along the way.
Hear how Peterson used his experience coaching the likes of Tom Glavine and Pedro Martinez to guide one of the Orioles’ young arms. And how new technology is being used in an effort to keep pitchers on the mound and off of the operating table. You won’t want to miss the fascinating discussion.