Dave Wallace (baseball)

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Dave Wallace
File:Caleb Joseph (17265240453).jpg
Wallace (left) with Caleb Joseph in 2015
Baltimore Orioles – No. 16
Born: (1947-09-07) September 7, 1947 (age 71)
Waterbury, Connecticut
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 18, 1973, for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
May 19, 1978, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 0–1
Earned run average 7.84
Strikeouts 12

David William Wallace (born September 7, 1947 in Waterbury, Connecticut) is the current pitching coach for the Baltimore Orioles. He was appointed to the position on October 29, 2013. He previously served in a similar capacity with several organizations, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves.

Playing career

An all-around athlete in high school, Wallace played baseball, basketball and football. Wallace had a Hall of Fame collegiate career at the University of New Haven, where he went 24–7 with a 2.18 earned run average and 311 strikeouts in his four-year career.[1] He signed with the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent in 1970. A right-handed relief pitcher, Wallace posted a 47–31 record with 60 saves in 355 career minor league outings. In the Majors, he made 13 appearances for the Phillies (1973–74) and Toronto Blue Jays (1978) and went 0–1 with 12 strikeouts and a 7.84 ERA in 2023 innings. He concluded his playing career with Triple-A Pawtucket (1979).

Coaching career

After his retirement as a player, Wallace became a pitching coach in the Dodgers' organization for Class A Vero Beach (1981–82), Double-A San Antonio (1983) and Triple-A Albuquerque (1984–86). He also managed San Antonio for part of the 1983 season and put himself into four games as a pitcher in both 1984 and 1986 with the Dukes. He was then the Dodgers' minor league pitching coordinator from 1987 to 1994 until he replaced Ron Perranoski as the Dodgers' Major League pitching coach in 1995.

As a coach, Wallace is credited with helping develop the talents of pitchers Pedro Martínez, Ramón Martínez, Pedro Astacio, Darren Dreifort, Hideo Nomo, Chan Ho Park, Ismael Valdéz and John Wetteland. He was also credited by Orel Hershiser for his early success with the Dodgers in a Sports Illustrated article.

He left the Dodgers after the 1998 season and became the pitching coach of the New York Mets from 1999 to 2000, under Bobby Valentine, including New York's 2000 National League championship club. But he and Valentine did not have a close working relationship,[2][3] and Wallace resigned after the 2000 World Series to rejoin the Dodgers as senior vice president, baseball operations.[4] He then served as an interim general manager of the Dodgers in 2001 after Kevin Malone was forced to resign at midseason.

Wallace left the Dodger front office to become the pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox on June 10, 2003, replacing Tony Cloninger, who at the time was (successfully) battling bladder cancer.[5] Wallace then won a World Series ring with the Red Sox in 2004.

In February 2006, while driving to spring training, Wallace was hospitalized in Spartanburg, South Carolina, with intense pain in his right hip.[6] Twelve years after having hip replacement surgery, Wallace discovered he was suffering from a severe infection in the replaced joint.[7] He nearly died from the infection, and underwent immediate surgery. He had the hip replaced in June[8] and was able to resume his duties with the Red Sox on August 8, 2006, through the end of the season, when he resigned.

Wallace was hired as the new pitching coach by the Houston Astros in 2007, but left that job in October 2007 when he was hired by the Seattle Mariners organization as a special assistant to the general manager. On January 13, 2009, he was named the Mariners minor league pitching coordinator.[9] After completing the 2009 season in this position, Wallace was hired by the Atlanta Braves to serve in the same capacity for them.[10] He briefly filled in as the Braves pitching coach in 2011 while Roger McDowell was on suspension. In November 2013 he was named Baltimore Orioles pitching coach replacing interim coach Bill Castro.


  1. http://www.newhavenchargers.com/hof.aspx?hof=92
  2. The New York Times, November 4, 2000
  3. ESPN.com
  4. The Los Angeles Times, June 8, 2003
  5. The Associated Press, June 10, 2003
  6. Cafardo, Nick (February 9, 2006). "Wallace sidelined with hip infection". The Boston Globe.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Cafardo, Nick (September 3, 2006). "Toll is painfully obvious". The Boston Globe.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. [1]
  9. Jim Street (2009-01-12). "Mariners announce Minors coaches". MLB.com. Retrieved 2009-01-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Mark Bowman (2009-11-10). "Braves add Wallace to Minor League Staff". MLB.com. Retrieved 2009-11-11.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ron Perranoski
Los Angeles Dodgers pitching coach
Succeeded by
Glenn Gregson
Preceded by
Bob Apodaca
New York Mets pitching coach
Succeeded by
Charlie Hough
Preceded by
Kevin Malone
Los Angeles Dodgers general manager
Succeeded by
Dan Evans
Preceded by
Tony Cloninger
Boston Red Sox pitching coach
Succeeded by
John Farrell
Preceded by
Jim Hickey
Houston Astros pitching coach
Succeeded by
Dewey Robinson
Preceded by
Roger McDowell
Atlanta Braves pitching coach (interim)
April 29, 2011 – May 14, 2011
Succeeded by
Roger McDowell
Preceded by
Bill Castro (interim)
Baltimore Orioles pitching coach
Succeeded by