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Orioles director of pitching development Rick Peterson will not return in 2017

The Orioles have yet another coaching position to fill this offseason.

Rick Peterson -- a well-known former major league pitching coach who has served as the Orioles director of pitching development for the past five seasons – will not return for 2017.

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"I appreciate Rick Peterson's effort and good work for five years to develop pitching at all levels for the O's and wish him well," Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Saturday in a text message. "Rick has a solid track record helping pitchers and is well-respected throughout baseball."

The organization now has vacancies for its top three pitching coaching positions. Major league pitching coach Dave Wallace retired from on-field major league coaching at the end of the season. Bullpen coach Dom Chiti left to become the Atlanta Braves director of pitching, and Wallace joined him as the Braves' special assistant for pitching.

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Peterson -- who was a major league pitching coach with the Oakland Athletics, New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers -- was one of Duquette's first hires, brought on in January 2012 to work with pitching at all levels of the organization.

Peterson played a major role in the Orioles employing a biomechanical testing program during spring training that analyzed pitchers' deliveries.

The Orioles are in the final stages of filling the pitching coach vacancy, then the bullpen coach role. Former Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell and Double-A Bowie pitching coach Alan Mills are among those who have interviewed and are being considered for those positions, respectively.

MASNsports.com first reported that Peterson would not return.

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