Rick Adair

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Rick Adair
Rick Adair in 2013 (8673225401).jpg
Pitching coach
Born: (1958-01-19) January 19, 1958 (age 59)
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Batted: Left Threw: Left
1979, for the Alexandria Mariners
Last appearance
1985, for the Chattanooga Lookouts
Minor League Baseball statistics
(through 1985)
Win-loss record 44–46
Earned run average 3.92
Strikeouts 474
WHIP 1.480

Michael Richard Adair (born January 19, 1958) was the pitching coach for the Baltimore Orioles and a former minor league baseball player. He was succeeded as pitching coach by Bill Castro and then Dave Wallace, the current pitching coach for the Baltimore Orioles.

Playing career[edit]

As a player, Adair played college baseball at Western Carolina University and was drafted by the then-newly formed Mariners in the third round of the 1979 Major League Baseball Draft.[1][2] Injuries ended his career seven years later, having peaked at the Triple-A level.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

He has held various coaching jobs since the end of his playing career, mostly as a minor-league pitching coach, with the Cleveland Indians, San Diego Padres, Detroit Tigers, Atlanta Braves, and Toronto Blue Jays organizations. He held major league coaching jobs with Cleveland, Detroit, and Seattle. Prior to being appointed to his former position with Seattle, Adair spent four seasons as a minor-league pitching coordinator for the Texas Rangers.[3]

He was suspended on September 11, 1997, for 2 games after a postgame confrontation with the umpires.[4]

Adair served as pitching coach for the Seattle Mariners.[1] In 2011, he was hired as the bullpen coach for the Baltimore Orioles.[5] Adair took over pitching coach Mark Connor's position after the latter resigned on June 14.[6] In August 2013 Adair went on a leave of absence, due to personal reasons, from his post as the pitching coach and was succeeded by Bill Castro.[7]


Adair is the nephew of former MLB pitcher and pitching coach Art Fowler.[8]


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Preceded by
Mark Wiley
Cleveland Indians pitching coach
Succeeded by
Phil Regan
Preceded by
Jon Matlack
Detroit Tigers pitching coach
Succeeded by
Dan Warthen
Preceded by
Mel Stottlemyre
Seattle Mariners pitching coach
Succeeded by
Carl Willis
Preceded by
Alan Dunn
Baltimore Orioles bullpen coach
Succeeded by
Bill Castro
Preceded by
Mark Connor
Baltimore Orioles pitching coach
Succeeded by
Bill Castro