Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter talk about the end of the season and highlights of the season. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun video)
Orioles pitching coach Dave Wallace is "going to retire from active major league coaching," manager Buck Showalter said at the team's end-of-season news conference Thursday.
"He's at a point in his life where he needs to be home a little more, but he's going to still be active in some form or fashion the next year," Showalter said. "Hopefully it's with us. We'll see how that works out. He's got some things he's got to stay on top of at home, like all of us do. But he's going to retire from [being] an active major league coach."
As a result, Showalter said the team will begin a search soon. While he didn't discount the candidacy of bullpen coach Dom Chiti, Showalter said he does not foresee any changes with the other five coaches.
"We're going to look at all the candidates and as always, we try to look inside first," Showalter said. "We've got some good, capable people in our organization, but you're always trying to place them in the capacity that best fits what their skills are. We'll take a look at it. Dom has done a lot of different jobs in baseball, from farm director to scouting director to assistant GM to major league coach. Dom, he's a soldier. He likes contributing in whatever capacity. He's a real loyal, tell me what needs to be done and I'll do it guy. He's got a unique skill set.
"I do want to stress, I and we are going to look from within first. Sometimes, you don't want to rob from Peter to pay Paul, though. If you've got someone doing a really good job, whether it's a pitching coach in Triple-A, a pitching coordinator, a bullpen coach, you want to make sure because then you're going to be looking to replace that, too. Dom is obviously a real bird in the hand down in the bullpen. It's been a big reason, he and [Wallace] both, that our bullpen has been really consistent and strong, and should be one of our strengths next year. I'm going to be careful and we're going to be careful not to tinker with that too much."
However, Showalter said Wallace announcing his departure so soon "would give us the benefit of as much time possible to look around and have some people maybe voice they're interested."
Wallace was hired following the 2013 season, and oversaw two trips to the playoffs in his three seasons with the Orioles. This year, the team ranked 10th in the American League with a 4.22 ERA, and in his three-year tenure with the Orioles, the team ranked sixth in the AL with a 3.90 ERA.
Wallace began his major league coaching career in 1995 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He also served as pitching coach of the New York Mets (1999-2000), Boston Red Sox (2003-06) and Houston Astros (2007). Wallace also served in front office and developmental capacities with the Dodgers, Seattle Mariners and Atlanta Braves.
Orioles closer Zach Britton tweeted the following about Wallace's retirement: "Sad to see Dave Wallace go. Very grateful for all he has done for me and my family. Any success I've had is a credit to [Wallace] and Dom Chiti."
Around the horn: Dan Duquette said the team has not yet broached discussions for a contract extension with second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who enters arbitration this year. … Showalter said first baseman Chris Davis' hand injury limited him for most of the season, but won't require surgery. … Showalter said Adam Jones won't be the leadoff hitter again next year. He commended him for taking to it so well.