Dave Wallace (baseball)

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Dave Wallace
Baltimore Orioles – No. 37
Pitcher/Coach
Born: (1947-09-07) September 7, 1947 (age 66)
Waterbury, Connecticut
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 18, 1973 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
May 19, 1978 for the Toronto Blue Jays
Career statistics
Win-Loss 0-1
Earned run average 7.84
Strikeouts 12
Teams

David William Wallace (born September 7, 1947 in Waterbury, Connecticut) is the current pitching coach for the Baltimore Orioles. He was appointed to the position on October 29, 2013. He previously served in a similar capacity with several organizations, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves.

Playing career[edit]

A high school all-around athlete, Wallace played baseball, basketball and football. He signed with the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent out of the University of New Haven in 1970. A right-handed relief pitcher, Wallace posted a 47–31 record with 60 saves in 355 career minor league outings. In the majors, he made 13 appearances for the Phillies (1973–74) and Toronto Blue Jays (1978) and went 0-1 with 12 strikeouts and a 7.84 ERA in 20 and 2/3 innings. He concluded his playing career with Triple-A Pawtucket (1979).

Coaching career[edit]

After his retirement as a player, Wallace became a pitching coach for the Vero Beach Dodgers (1981-1982), San Antonio Dodgers (1983) and Albuquerque Dukes (1984-1986). He also managed the San Antonio team for part of the 1983 season and put himself into 4 games as a pitcher in both 1984 and 1986 with the Dukes. He was then the Dodgers minor league pitching coordinator from 1987-1994 and replaced Ron Perranoski as the Dodgers Major League pitching coach in 1995.

As a pitching coach, Wallace is credited with helping develop the talents of pitchers Pedro Martínez, Ramón Martínez, Pedro Astacio, Darren Dreifort, Hideo Nomo, Chan Ho Park, Ismael Valdéz and John Wetteland. He was also credited by Orel Hershiser credited him for his early success with the Dodgers in a Sports Illustrated article.

He left the Dodgers in 1998 after Tommy Lasorda's retirement and became the Pitching coach of the New York Mets from 1999-2000. He then served as an interim General Manager of the Dodgers in 2001 after Kevin Malone was forced to resign mid-season.

Wallace became the pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox in 2003 and won a World Series ring with them in 2004.

In February 2006, he became very sick while driving to spring training. Twelve years after having his hip replaced, Wallace discovered he was suffering from a severe infection in that replaced hip.[1] He nearly died from the infection, and had it removed immediately. After the infection cleared up, Wallace had the hip replaced in June.[2] Wallace was able to resume his duties with the Red Sox on August 8, 2006, though he resigned at the end of the season.

Wallace was hired as the new pitching coach by the Houston Astros in 2007, but left that job in October 2007 when he was hired by the Seattle Mariners organization as a special assistant to the general manager. On January 13, 2009, he was named the Mariners minor league pitching coordinator.[3] After completing the 2009 season in this position, Wallace was hired by the Atlanta Braves to serve in the same capacity for them.[4] He briefly filled in as the Braves pitching coach in 2011 while Roger McDowell was on suspension. In November 2013 he was named Baltimore Orioles pitching coach replacing interim coach Bill Castro

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cafardo, Nick (September 3, 2006). "Toll is painfully obvious". The Boston Globe. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Jim Street (2009-01-12). "Mariners announce Minors coaches". MLB.com. Retrieved 2009-01-14. 
  4. ^ Mark Bowman (2009-11-10). "Braves add Wallace to Minor League Staff". MLB.com. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ron Perranoski
Los Angeles Dodgers pitching coach
1995–1997
Succeeded by
Glenn Gregson
Preceded by
Bob Apodaca
New York Mets pitching coach
19992000
Succeeded by
Charlie Hough
Preceded by
Claude Osteen
Los Angeles Dodgers pitching coach
2000
Succeeded by
Jim Colborn
Preceded by
Kevin Malone
Los Angeles Dodgers general manager
2001
Succeeded by
Dan Evans
Preceded by
Tony Cloninger
Boston Red Sox pitching coach
2003–2006
Succeeded by
John Farrell
Preceded by
Jim Hickey
Houston Astros pitching coach
2007
Succeeded by
Dewey Robinson
Preceded by
Roger McDowell
Atlanta Braves pitching coach (interim)
April 29, 2011–May 14, 2011
Succeeded by
Roger McDowell
Preceded by
Bill Castro (interim)
Baltimore Orioles pitching coach
2014–
Succeeded by
Incumbent