O's hire McDowell as new pitching coach

Mills elevated to bullpen coach on Showalter's staff

O's hire McDowell as new pitching coach

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles named Roger McDowell as Major League pitching coach and Alan Mills as bullpen coach Tuesday afternoon, replacing the departed duo of Dave Wallace and Dom Chiti.

McDowell and Mills, who will join manager Buck Showalter's staff along with returnees Bobby Dickerson, John Russell and Wayne Kirby, were teammates on the 1996 Orioles club that advanced to the American League Championship Series.

McDowell, 55, was the Braves' pitching coach the past 11 seasons. Under McDowell's watch from 2006-16, the Braves' staff ranked fourth among Major League clubs with a 3.88 ERA, including a 3.58 bullpen ERA, which ranked second in the Majors.

Before joining the Braves, McDowell was a Minor League pitching coach in the Dodgers' organization with Triple-A Las Vegas and Class A South Georgia.

McDowell pitched for 12 seasons in the Majors, including with the 1986 World Series champion Mets. He most notably earned the win in Game 7 of the World Series against the Red Sox. Selected by the Mets in the third round of the 1982 MLB Draft, he pitched for five organizations in the Majors: the Mets, Phillies, Dodgers, Rangers and Orioles.

Mills spent the past five seasons as a pitching coach in the Orioles' organization, including the past two seasons as the pitching coach with Double-A Bowie. Before his time with the Baysox, Mills was the pitching coach with Class A Delmarva and Class A Aberdeen.

Mills also has 12 Major League seasons under his belt, pitching with the Yankees, Orioles, and Dodgers, and going 39-32 with a 4.12 ERA over 636 innings. All seven of his career postseason appearances are with Baltimore.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.