Rick Adair, who previously took a leave of absence as Orioles pitching coach in August due to the health of his father, will not return to the job next season.
Adair’s father passed away in September and Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles will interview candidates to replace Adair with the goal of having a decision made by the end of the month. Bullpen coach Bill Castro, who filled in for Adair as interim pitching coach, will get an interview.
Buck Showalter has already gone through four different pitching coaches in his three-and-a-half seasons as Orioles manager and Adair originally became the pitching coach when he was promoted from bullpen coach. He had one year remaining on his contract.
The Cubs announced on Monday afternoon that Anthony Iapoce will take over as the new hitting coach.
Chili Davis was fired as the Cubs’ hitting coach last week. As noted, the Cubs’ offense regressed in a few areas, notably in the power department. Additionally, the offense in general waned as the season went on, which opened up the door for the Brewers to challenge for the NL Central title.
Iapoce, 45, spent the last three years as the Rangers’ hitting coach. The Cubs point out that the Rangers’ offense made great strides in 2017 thanks in part to Iapoce. They are no doubt hoping he can bring the same magic to Chicago. Iapoce was the Cubs’ special assistant to the GM for the three seasons before joining the Rangers.
Though he never made it to the majors, Iapoce did spend time in the Brewers’ minor league system from 1994-2003 and another two in the independent Northern League in 2004-05.