The Orioles are prepared to name Braves special assistant Dom Chiti as their new bullpen coach, according to industry sources. An announcement could come on Monday.
Chiti, 54, pitched, coached and scouted in the Orioles system, and served as manager Buck Showalter’s bullpen coach with the Texas Rangers in 2006.
Chiti last pitched professionally with Single-A Hagerstown, an Orioles affiliate, back in 1981.
Chiti started his coaching career with the Rangers in 1982 before joining the Orioles. He returned to Texas as a special assistant to the general manager in 2002-2003 before becoming director of player personnel.
He was named Rangers bullpen coach in 2006, Showalter’s final season as manager.
More on Chiti: Chiti and pitching coach Mark Connor were fired by the Rangers in 2008. The Orioles hired Connor as pitching coach in 2011, but he left two months into the season for health reasons.
Chiti, who worked with Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter and free-agent starter Scott Feldman in Texas, spent 12 years with the Cleveland Indians from 1989-2001, working as an advance scout, roving minor league instructor and major league bullpen coach. He served as Triple-A Buffalo’s pitching coach in 1995.
Chiti was fired as Indians bullpen coach in October 1993 by manager Mike Hargrove, who later managed the Orioles.
It’s a small baseball world.
New pitching coach Dave Wallace came to the Orioles from the Braves organization, so he’s quite familiar with Chiti.
It all makes sense.
No word on whether Bill Castro and Scott McGregor will remain in the organization. They weren’t contacted about the pitching coach or bullpen coach jobs.
Castro replaced Rick Adair as pitching coach on Aug. 15, with McGregor moving to the bullpen.