|Baltimore Orioles – No. 54|
|Pitcher / Bullpen Coach|
December 10, 1958 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
Harry Dominic Chiti (born December 10, 1958 in Independence, Missouri) is the current bullpen coach of the Baltimore Orioles and former bullpen coach of the Texas Rangers and a former left handed pitcher in the minor leagues. He is the son of former major league catcher Harry Chiti.
An All-America team member, Chiti was a second round selection of the Atlanta Braves in the 1976 draft. He started his professional career with the Kingston Braves in 1976 and played for the Atlanta organization for five seasons. Considered as the Braves top prospect after pitching for Savannah in 1977, he was selected to the Western Carolinas All-Star team in 1978 while playing at Greenwood, but he suffered arm problems late in the season. Chiti also played for the Baltimore Orioles organization in 1981 before retiring.
Chiti started his coaching career in 1982 for the Texas Rangers organization. He also worked as a coach or a scout for the Baltimore and Cleveland systems, and coached in the Venezuelan Winter League in 1995 for Caribes team. Chiti returned to the Rangers in 2002. After serving as a special assistant to the general manager in 2002-2003, the next two years he served as director of player personnel. 2006 marked his first season as Rangers bullpen coach.
In October 2006, the Texas Rangers signed Ron Washington as their new manager for the 2007 season. Washington will keep Chiti as the bullpen coach, as well hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo and pitching coach Mark Connor. Former Oakland manager Art Howe is expected to join the staff as the bench coach.
Scott McGregor (interim)
|Baltimore Orioles bullpen coach