Monday, November 8, 2010

Mark Connor hired as O's pitching coach

The Orioles and Mark Connor have agreed to terms, and he will be the O's new pitching coach under Buck Showalter.

Here's a little mini-bio on Connor, via Dan Connolly:
Connor, 61, has been on Showalter's staff in each of the manager's three previous stints in the majors, including time as Showalter's pitching coach with the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers.


Connor's resume is exceptionally full. He has spent 35 years as a baseball coach, including the last eight seasons with the Texas Rangers. He most recently was a special assistant in the Rangers' player development department, working primarily with minor-league pitchers. He was the big-league club's pitching coach from 2006 to 2008, and was originally hired by Showalter in November 2002 to be Rangers' bullpen coach, a post he held for three seasons.

Along with working with Showalter, Connor was Buck Martinez's pitching coach with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2001-02 and also has been the head baseball coach at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. A former pitcher in the Minnesota Twins organization, he played two seasons in the minors before an arm injury derailed his hopes of making the big leagues.
With Connor now on board, here is the updated O's coaching staff list:

Pitching Coach: Mark Connor
Hitting Coach: Jim Presley
First-base Coach: Wayne Kirby
Bullpen Coach: Rick Adair

Two positions on Showalter's staff -- bench coach and third-base coach -- still need to be filled.

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