Wallace trying to make best of interim situation

Braves minor league pitching coordinator Dave Wallace was in Single-A Rome working with pitchers when he got the call the Braves needed him to serve as interim major league pitching coach.

It’s not the most comfortable call for Wallace, a mentor and close friend to Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell, who is on administrative leave while the Braves investigate allegations he made anti-gay slurs to fans in San Francisco. But Wallace is making the best of the situation and staying in close contact with McDowell.

“I talk to him daily,” Wallace said. “We keep updated on what’s going on and some of the things he thinks I need to keep an eye on.”

Wallace is a 30-year veteran of the coaching and front office ranks, who has coached in the major leagues for the Astros, Red Sox, Mets, and Dodgers. He’s in his second year with the Braves and got to know the staff during some major league stints last year as well as spring training. He coached Derek Lowe for two years with the Boston Red Sox.

“Knowing Roger, knowing the players,” Wallace said. “It’s a pretty easy transition as far as knowing the parameters within which you have to work.”

Still, manager Fredi Gonzalez went to the mound Friday night to talk to Tim Hudson, not sending Wallace out until the 10th to talk to Cory Gearrin, whom he’s coached in the minors.

“It’s difficult,” Gonzalez acknowledged. “That’s why I went out there with Huddy….

“You miss Roger. You miss the rapport. But Dave, you talk about pilots having flight hours, stick hours? He’s got an unbelievable amount of pitching coach hours and experience, and he and Roger are on the same page in everything.”

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April 30th, 2011
3:51 pm


April 30th, 2011
3:56 pm

Sweep coming tomorrow. 1-2 runs per game doesn’t cut it.

Chuck M

April 30th, 2011
4:00 pm

Dave will do a good job filling in!


April 30th, 2011
4:04 pm

Man what a great hitting team… Back to back called strikes looking…

Dan Berman4

April 30th, 2011
4:13 pm

Hopefully, Dave Wallace will be around for a while while McDowell learns his lesson


Billy The Kid

April 30th, 2011
4:47 pm

Tomorrow is another day and Braves will return to play.

Its best to know the facts before you hang the man..Let justice work.


April 30th, 2011
5:27 pm

This team bites.


April 30th, 2011
5:32 pm

Patience, patience, folks. It’s still early…


April 30th, 2011
6:06 pm

Not that early,7 behind in the loss column.

NorCal Brave

April 30th, 2011
6:19 pm

Bad enough to have no hitting, now late inning relief goes in a slump. Meanwhile Phillies, without Lidge and Contreras, continue to cruise.


April 30th, 2011
6:27 pm

Traded an old guy with success for a younger that was fired for his ineptitude at Florida. Now the Braves have him, and he fits right in with the hapless managers of the past. The pick ups in the off season are just drawing a pay check, reminding everyone the Braves got rid of two starters because they didn’t act like Chipper (one was an allstar and a spark plug last year). I guess we can pull for the Hawks as the Braves have now swapped place with them as the most likely to progress in the future to a higher level playoff team.

Old School

April 30th, 2011
8:28 pm

Good bye Roger……Good bye Roger……Good bye Roger……don’t let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya…….


May 1st, 2011
1:32 pm

If there so bad, don’t go or watch on TV.

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