Peterson gets two-year deal; Kyles, Bosio back
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin wondered aloud during the team’s tough 2009 season whether his biggest loss wasn’t free agent pitchers CC Sabathia or Ben Sheets but free agent pitching coach Mike Maddux, who bolted after six seasons in Milwaukee for more money with the Texas Rangers.
So on Tuesday, on the heels of a woeful season for the Brewers’ pitching staff, Melvin moved to fill that hole and finalized a two-year contract for former A’s and Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson.
The team also announced that Stan Kyles would return for a second season as bullpen coach. Chris Bosio, who served as interim pitching coach after Bill Castro was dismissed Aug. 12, also will be offered a position in the organization, either in his former role as the pitching coach at Triple-A Nashville or a newly-created job as an advance scout.
Peterson has been Milwaukee’s top target from the start, and Melvin traveled on the final day of the regular season to Newark Airport in New Jersey for an interview. Peterson’s ties to Brewers manager Ken Macha date back to 1997, when Macha managed Double-A Trenton in the Red Sox chain and Peterson was his pitching coach for a half-season.
They reunited in 1999 in Oakland, where Peterson was already the pitching coach and Macha joined manager Art Howe’s staff as the bench coach. When Macha was elevated to manage the team in 2003 Peterson remained for one more season, then left to re-join Howe with the New York Mets.
Howe was succeeded after the 2004 season by new manager Willie Randolph, and Peterson and Randolph worked together until both were dismissed in June 2008. Randolph is now the Brewers’ bench coach.
Peterson, who turns 55 next Friday, was out of coaching in 2009 and focused on his business, 3P Sports, which offers biomechanical analysis to amateur and professional pitchers.
“After taking this year off to recharge my batteries a little bit, my passion to get back on the field is unbelievable,” he told MLB.com on Oct. 9. “It’s a very intriguing place to be because I think Milwaukee could win if the pitching gets turned around. That’s pretty much what I do best. I think it’s a place that would be a mutual fit.”