In conducting the Orioles' search for a new bullpen coach, manager Buck Showalter made it clear that new pitching coach Dave Wallace would play a big role in making the hire.
Showalter said he saw the bullpen coach as an assistant pitching coach, and that ultimately, he wanted Wallace to make the final call on the hire.
In hiring Atlanta Braves special assistant Dom Chiti, who will likely be announced early next week, the Orioles brought in a knowledgeable baseball man with whom both Showalter and Wallace are familiar. They also brought in another coach who has an impressive resume in terms of pitching development.
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