The Baltimore Orioles appear poised to hire their next pitching coach. They’re expected to announce that Doug Brocail will be landing the job, replacing Roger McDowell. Brocail previously served in the same role for the Texas Rangers.
For what it’s worth, Brocail pitched in 15 major league seasons – primarily as a reliever. Two of those seasons were spent under Buck Showalter as his manager while in Texas. At this point I suppose that means very little, given that Showalter is no longer with the organization.
Personally I think that Brocail will come from a good position when preaching to his pitching staff. The fact that a 15-year big league veteran will be providing them direction should mean something. This is a guy who will have been there and done that. Let’s put it this way; Brocail is inheriting what was the league’s worst staff in 2018. Nowhere to go but up!