The Orioles' process of hiring a new pitching coach is winding down, according to the club's top executive, with the hope of having someone in place by next week.
"We have a little more work to do on our due diligence; we want to make the best choice in our job search," Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said. "We have some well-qualified candidates, and we should be able to have a top quality coach on our staff before it's over. … We'd like to get it done before the end of the month."
The Orioles have interviewed four external candidates for the position that was vacated by Rick Adair: former
Hawkins is the only candidate without extensive experience as a pitching coach, but he held the role on an interim basis in 2008 and has spent the past five years in charge of a Rangers bullpen that twice played in the World Series.
Dubee (2008 with Philadelphia) and Wallace (2004 with the
"We have some really talented candidates," Duquette said.
At this point, no other interviews are planned.
Duquette said that several in-house candidates are under consideration — that would include current pitching coach Bill Castro, who had been the club's bullpen coach before taking over in August when Adair was granted a leave of absence for personal reasons.
But Duquette said interviewing internal candidates was not a necessity.