In former Orioles outfielder Brady Anderson's new role as special assistant to executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, his duties will include mostly player development and conditioning tasks.

Duquette said on a conference call Thursday that Anderson's role with the team will be different from  former Phillies general manager Lee Thomas, who shares the same title but handles more of an assistant general manager role under Duquette. The Orioles announced their hiring of Anderson, an Orioles Hall of Famer, on Thursday afternoon.

"He can help us in the areas he's really passionate about," Duquette said of Anderson, "and those areas are player development and fitness. Those are two areas where we're going to leverage Brady's passion and leadership to help us develop. He's a good baseball man, and we're glad to have him."

Duquette said Anderson will help the club forge new standards in player conditioning.

"That's an area where we are going to work very diligently to establish protocol and standards so that the players understand what they need to do to be conditioned at a high level to compete in the American League," Duquette said.

This is Anderson's first official job in the Orioles organization, but several Orioles players have spent the offseason training under him.

Another nugget of news that came out of the conference call: Former major league pitching coach Rick Peterson, just named director of pitching development, will work with pitchers at both the minor and major league levels to some degree, Duquette said.

"That will be a resource that our pitchers can utilize from the entire organization if they choose to," Duquette said. "Rick is going to be overseeing our pitching development program in the minors, but I think he will also be a good resource for the major league staff as well."

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