The Orioles are set to hire Dom Chiti as their new bullpen coach, completing the 2014 Major League staff, a source confirmed on Friday night.
Chiti, a special assistant in the Braves organization, will join new pitching coach Dave Wallace —who previously served as Atlanta’s Minor League pitching coordinator— in a reunion with current Baltimore manager Buck Showalter. Chiti served as the Rangers bullpen coach under Showalter in 2006, and spent the prior two years as the organization’s director of player personnel.
As a player, Chiti was in the Braves organization for five seasons and played in the Orioles organization in his final season in 1981.
Chiti essentially replaces Billy Castro, who was the Orioles bullpen coach for the majority of the past two seasons, moving into the pitching coach role when Rick Adair left the team for personal reasons.
MASNSports.com first reported that Chiti was expected to be named bullpen coach.
The fans have spoken and Manny Machado’s glove is the best in the American League.
The 21-year-old Machado— who missed out on being named the League’s best in Rawlings Gold Glove voting earlier this week— was named the winner of the company’s Platinum Award on Friday night, which is based off of fan voting among the nine Gold Glovers in each League.
Machado, who edged Texas’ Adrian Beltre and Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria for his first career Gold Glove Award, is coming off his first full season in the big leagues and one full of highlight-reel plays. He led AL third basemen in fielding percentage (.973), assists (355), double plays turned (42) and range factor (3.02) and finished second with 116 putouts. Additionally, Machado posted 32 total zone runs, the number of runs above average the player was worth, based on the number of plays made. It was the highest total for any defensive player in 2013 and tied for 12th-best all time. He also posted the best defensive season by an AL infielder since Mark Belanger was credited with 35 total zone runs in 1975.
Machado, called up from Double-A Bowie in August 2012, made the transition from shortstop to third base look effortless as a rookie and was even more awe-inspiring in 2013. His 4.4 defensive wins above replacement score led the AL and was the third-highest total in the Majors, tying him for the eighth-highest single-season total in history, regardless of position.
Machado beat out Boston’s second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who won the Rawlings Award for best defender in the AL, and was joined by Atlanta’s Andrelton Simmons in winning the Platinum Glove Award. O’s shortstop J.J. Hardy finished third in AL voting.