Orioles’ first-year pitching coach Mark Connor resigns

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Orioles pitching coach Mark Connor has resigned for personal reasons just hours after the Astros cited “philosophical differences” in firing their pitching coach, Brad Arnsberg.

Bullpen coach Rick Adair will take over for Connor, who was hired to replace Rick Krantz this offseason and had coached the Orioles’ staff to a 4.24 ERA that ranked 11th in the American League.

Connor has a long relationship with Orioles manager Buck Showalter, previously working as his pitching coach with the Yankees, Diamondbacks, and Rangers.

Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that Connor informed the Orioles of his decision yesterday.

MLBPA agrees to extend deadline for new posting agreement between MLB, NPB

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Update (7:00 PM ET): The MLBPA announces that the deadline has been extended 24 hours while MLB and NPB continue to negotiate a new agreement for the posting system. The new deadline is 8 PM ET on Tuesday.

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Last Thursday, we learned that the MLBPA was challenging the Nippon Professional Baseball posting system, delaying Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani’s move to Major League Baseball. The latest collective bargaining agreement removed a lot of the incentive for players to come to the U.S. by capping pay. Ohtani, for example, can only receive a signing bonus between $300,000 and $3.53 million while his team — the Nippon Ham Fighters — would receive $20 million for posting him.

Jon Morosi reports that the deadline for this issue to be resolved is 8 PM ET on Monday evening. He notes that key NPB officials have worked through the night in Japan to try to reach a resolution. It is possible that even if no agreement is reached, the deadline could be pushed further back.

Ohtani, 23, has become a heralded hitter and pitcher in Japan. At the plate over his five-year career, he has compiled a .286/.358/.500 triple-slash line with 48 home runs and 166 RBI in 1,170 plate appearances. On the mound, he has a 2.52 ERA with a 624/200 K/BB ratio across 543 innings.