Rick Peterson, who received rave reviews as the Orioles’ organizational director of pitching development this season, will interview Saturday for the vacant Boston Red Sox pitching coach job, according to an industry source.
Peterson, 58, has been a big league pitching coach for the Oakland Athletics, New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers. He spent 2012 working with the Orioles’ minor leaguers -- and several who made the jump to the big leagues this season -- and was lauded by club executive vice president Dan Duquette for the way the players took to Peterson’s teachings, which included extensive biomechanical work.
The club has allowed Peterson to seek opportunities to return to the big leagues, but he likely would come back to the Orioles’ organization if he does not land a pitching coach job in the majors.
The Boston position could be his best bet this year. Peterson coached new Red Sox manager John Farrell when Farrell was a minor-league pitcher in the Cleveland Indians organization.
Peterson was supposed to interview earlier this week with the Red Sox, but Hurricane Sandy’s assault on the East Coast postponed it. Peterson makes his home in Belmar, N.J.
When reached by phone Friday, Peterson declined to comment on the report.