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COACHING CAREER

Is in his third year as the Orioles' pitching coach after beginning the 2011 season as the bullpen coach before assuming pitching coach duties on June 14, 2011...Has served nine full seasons as a major league pitching or bullpen coach (two with Baltimore, two with Seattle, two with Cleveland and three with Detroit)...His 2012 staff won 93 games despite having just one pitcher make more than 20 starts and had 12 different pitchers make starts...As the Mariners' pitching coach from 2009-10, he oversaw the turn-around of the Mariners' staff from a 4.73 ERA in 2008 (11th in AL) to a league-best 3.87 in 2009...Felix Hernandez won the 2010 Cy Young Award under Adair's tutelage and was runner-up for the award in 2009...The 2009 M's staff used 20 different pitchers and 12 different starters and the starters posted the lowest ERA (3.89) and batting average against (.248) in the AL while making 83 Quality Starts...Prior to his two-year stint in Seattle, Adair spent four years as the Texas Rangers' minor league pitching coordinator, a position he also held in the Atlanta Braves organization from 2000-2003....From September 12, 1996 through the 1999 season, Adair served as the Detroit Tigers' pitching coach and held the same position for the Cleveland Indians during the 1992 and 1993 campaigns...He has served as a minor league pitching coach in three different minor league seasons (1994, 1995 and 2004), all at the Double-A level or higher...Following his playing career, he spent the next six years (1986-1991) as a pitching coach in the Indians organization.

PLAYING CAREER

Adair was selected by the Mariners in the third round of the 1979 June draft and spent seven years in their farm system before elbow injuries ended his playing career...Compiled a lifetime mark of 44-46, with a 3.92 ERA (688.2IP, 300ER) in 214 minor league appearances...Was named to the Midwest League All-Star team in 1981 and was an Eastern League All-Star for Lynn in 1982.

PERSONAL/MISCELLANEOUS

Rick and his wife, Louisa, have two sons, Dustin (9/10/84) and Travis (10/23/87)...Dustin is a professional golfer and Travis is an infielder in the Orioles organization...Is a 1976 graduate of Spartanburg high school, where he played baseball, basketball and football...Won the Dobson Award as the school's top athlete in 1976 and was the South Carolina Player of the Year in 1975 and 1976...Attended Western Carolina University from 1977-80 and threw a no-hitter against The Citadel (who won the Southern Conference championship) in his junior year (1979)...Was named WCU's MVP as a junior in 1979...Is the nephew of former major league pitcher and pitching coach Art Fowler and is a cousin of former major leaguer Wayne Tolleson.

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