The Baltimore Orioles just announced that they have named Roger McDowell their new pitching coach.
McDowell spent the past 11 seasons as the pitching coach for the Atlanta Braves. The club declined to pick up his 2017 option after the season, however, freeing him up to go to Baltimore. His predecessor with the Braves, Leo Mazzone, likewise went from Atlanta to Baltimore to become the O’s pitching coach. No word on whether McDowell’s secretary was named Mazzone and Mazzone’s secretary was named McDowell.
Haha, just kidding. Pitching coaches don’t have secretaries. And it’s the Freemasons who are behind pitching coach jobs, not historical coincidence. Wake up, sheeple.
Anyway, McDowell was well thought of for most of his tenure in Atlanta. Less well thought of when the pitchers stunk, more well thought of when they didn’t. Which is pretty much true of every pitching coach this side of Dave Duncan.
McDowell pitched his final season in a Batlimore uniform, by the way, appearing in 41 games and picking up four saves in 1996.
Last month, free agent right-hander Bartolo Colon told reporters that he’d be open to taking a minor league deal in 2018, but only if he was guaranteed a return to the Mets’ system. The 44-year-old starter is nearing the end of a 20-year career, and it makes sense that he’d want to have one last hurrah in the city where he had some of his most productive years.
Now, Twins starter Ervin Santana tells Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press, it looks like the Mets might also be open to a reunion. It’s doubtful that Colon has all that much left in the tank, especially following a combined 7-14 record and 6.48 ERA for the Braves and Twins last year, but he’s not necessarily looking to reproduce the 15+ win, sub-4.00 ERA totals of years past.
Instead, Santana says, Colon is seeking the opportunity to win just six more games. He’ll enter the 2018 season five wins shy of the all-time record for a Latin American-born player, and is hoping to claim that title for himself before he enters retirement in 2019. Former Orioles and Expos hurler Dennis Martinez currently holds the record after clinching his 245th win back in 1998. While it took Colon a full season of starts to come up with even seven wins in 2017, he’s only one year removed from a 15-win campaign in 2016. Provided that the Mets are willing to gamble on him again, the milestone may not be that far out of reach.