Brewers in talks with Peterson

willie-randolph-rick-peterson-180sm.jpg(UPDATED, at 5:30 CT with comment from Peterson)

The Brewers have focused on Rick Peterson for their pitching coach vacancy and were working Friday to conclude negotiations quickly.

Peterson, the former A’s and Mets pitching coach considered an expert on biomechanics, worked closely in the past with Brewers manager Ken Macha and third base coach Brad Fischer in Oakland and Brewers bench coach Willie Randolph in New York. He would be called upon to turn around a Milwaukee staff that posted the second-highest ERA in the National League last season including the worst mark among starters.

Speaking generally about the search late Friday morning without naming any candidates, Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said that the process was “moving along.”

“It’s getting into the final bits here,” Ash said.

Reached later in the day, Peterson declined to say that he had been offered the job but said, “I think it’s a great fit, without question. I’m really excited to hear what decision they make and where we’re going to go with this. I have talked to some other teams and interviewed with some other teams, so I want to find out what’s on the table as soon as possible. …

“Philosophically, we are totally, totally in line,” he said of his discussions with Brewers officials. I’m incredibly optimistic. I think this is a great, great fit. I walked out of the interview going, ‘Wow.’ I am incredibly excited.”

The Brewers might have some competition in wooing Peterson. He has also had contact with other teams in need of a pitching coach, including the Cincinnati Reds, but as of last week he had not formally interviewed for that job. This week, Peterson indicated an interest in the Florida Marlins’ opening to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, though that story did not say whether the Marlins had called him in to interview.

Peterson has spoken with several Brewers officials about the job in recent days but that does not necessarily mean negotiations will be a slam-dunk. Former Brewers coach Mike Maddux set the standard when he left Milwaukee last winter for a deal in Texas that made him one of the game’s highest-paid pitching coaches, with an annual salary reportedly in the neighborhood of $600,000. When the Mets hired Peterson away from Oakland after the 2003 season, negotiations lasted nearly a month, according to one report.

The Mets dismissed Peterson along with Randolph in June 2008 and he spent his year out of the coaching ranks focused on a business, 3pSports.com, that offers biomechanical analysis and training programs to amateur and professional pitchers.

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We are about to move out of state and begin the process of fniidng a new congregation. Honestly, I’m not excited about it but feel an urgency as we will only be in this town for one year and are having a baby partway through. Otherwise, I had thought it would be a nice year to explore & enjoy a sabbath from “commitment.” Finding a congregation is hard because of many things, including your consumer-driven culture. We want to find places to belong that are easy and we don’t have to work hard. We want to find places that are deep enough but not so deep as to push us, as those relationships are the ones with the highest wounding potential. Most looking for a church these days are looking for a place to fulfill the idea of church rather than actually belonging to the body of people. Some are looking for a place to attend where they can go but not get hurt. When I was younger, we attended a church with which we eventually left but not until after some time. The issues were clear: they discounted the power of God through prayer, they preached more about the 7 deadlies than Jesus but my parents taught me that you don’t just quit easily. We spent more than 2 years attempting to work through these very core issues and eventually left only because there was no attempt on the other side to work. I learned that there are many issues to be let go of, but others for which you stand up and fight. All this was in the context of the idea that we can’t leave easily because this body really is our family & in leaving we are doing something to this smaller body & the larger body of Christ. When I talk to people these days, there is less of an understanding of family within the congregation & even less of the global body to which we are all connected. I think these are all issues pertaining to why it’s hard to find a congregation. I will stop now! It’s good to be reading you again Jim, I always appreciate your prompts & thoughts.

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