Orioles’ pitching coach Dave Wallace retires

Dave Wallace, right, is retiring as the Baltimore Orioles pitching coach. (Adam Hunger/AP)

BALTIMORE — Dave Wallace is retiring as the Baltimore Orioles pitching coach.

The 69-year-old Wallace spent three years at the position and has been in coaching for 36 years.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter made the announcement Thursday. Showalter says Wallace hopes to work as a part-time pitching instructor in the big leagues.

Baltimore went 89-73 this season, reaching the playoffs for the third time in five years before being eliminated by Toronto on Tuesday in the AL wild-card game.

The Orioles posted a 4.22 ERA, 19th among the 30 major league teams.

Showalter says the search for Wallace’s successor will begin shortly. Bullpen coach Dom Chiti, who worked closely with Wallace, is a candidate.

Wallace came to Baltimore after spending four seasons as the Atlanta Braves’ minor league pitching co-ordinator.

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