Rick Peterson
Erick Harding Peterson
Born: October 30, 1954 at New Brunswick, N.J.
Throws: Left Bats: Left
Height: 6.00 Weight: 175

Rick Peterson was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on November 14, 2011.

Non-playing roles with Mets
  • Pitching Coach 2004 - 2008

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Jonathan Stern
June 26, 2005
Came to the Mets from Oakland and seemingly joined the Leiter/Franco/Glavine fraternity that dashed the team to the rocks in 2004. Few pitching coaches have ever had as much to prove as has Peterson right now. So far, the results have been mixed at best.

September 23, 2005
Puts his ego ahead of team. (Zambrano & Ishii) His belief that a starting pitcher can't throw more than 100 pitches has caused the Mets a bunch of wins. A horrible pitching coach.

John L.
July 19, 2006
The "ten minute" remark will probably be his epitaph. Seems well respected amongst coaches and pitchers, but also seems to give the impression he thinks he's the smartest kid in the class. Can't carry Leo Mazzone's jock.

Lance Lowe
April 19, 2007
You who have commented on Rick know jack about the intricacies in the game of baseball. He "thinks" he's the smartest kid in the class?? He pretty much is. He takes "project" pitchers who are about to get cut or sent down to the farm and makes productive pitchers out of them. They don't get paid much money and most teams won't take them...but Rick does and it pays big dividends. And as for the 100 pitch comment...every coach has his own theory and it's implemented within the organization all the way down to the farm system. How they train, prepare, what pithches are thrown and when they are thrown. You don't manage the game...you manage each pitch to every hitter, keeping in mind what your theory on pitch count is.

You people are the average fan and your opinion is respected...but that's all you are...average fans. It's more than wins and losses. It's very complicated...even I don't understand it all.

And for those of you who don't know, he's the son of Harding Peterson. Yeah the guy who drafted Clemente and the likes for the Pittsburgh Pirates back when...well, they were good. The apple don't fall far from the tree boys.

July 17, 2007
Rick is the best Pitching coach we have in the Mets organization. I mean look how he helped improve John Maine and Oliver Perez. I'm also a pitcher too. I would like some tips from him so I can be successful in pitching and have a shot for the majors.

pete hamner
August 28, 2007
I played against Rick in the Carolina league in 78. Me with Lynchburg, Rick with Salem. He was the last pitcher in their bullpen. He threw about 75 mph with this big looping curve. We used to joke about him.

Our paths would cross later in 1981. Rick as the Pirates minor league pitching and me as a "barely hanging on" reliever. Rick watched me throw and then chatted to me. He basically told me to bag everything but my sinker. I went on to have a super year, even though I couldn't break glass with my fastball. Rick had a quiet demeanor about him and I think he was into all that yoga/zen stuff. He was kinda like a horse whisperer but with pitchers. I think Rick works wonders with the fringe players. His track record speaks for itself

September 7, 2007
For all those individuals who think Petersen is a good pitching coach, please advise as what channel your Mets game are broadcasted on as I clearly am watching a different game.

September 21, 2007
Any debate about this guy any more?

Awful....this staff never met a lead it didn't want to give right back.

The collapse of 2007 is nearly complete and it has Peterson's name on it, along with Minaya's -- to be fair, Minaya is the guy who made Randolph and Peterson try to win with Mota, Sosa, Pelfrey, et. al.

October 4, 2007
The self-proclaimed pitching guru was nowhere to be found when the pitching was collapsing, but was front and center when Maine threw a one-hitter. He over used the bullpen early in the season and the bullpen was done in September.

Did anyone hear the interview with Heath Bell regarding Petersen--let's just say Bell will never invite Peterson over for Thanksgiving dinner. Peterson's theory is my way or you're gone. If you don't have mechanics exactly the way I want them, regardless of how good you are, then you don't pitch. Bell claims all Petersen did was yell at him.

Steve L.
October 4, 2007
I will always refer to him as "The Jacket". He almost always is wearing that jacket over his uniform.

June 15, 2008
In response to Mr.Lowe's comment about Hardy Peterson being responsible for drafting Roberto Clemente absolutely NOT true. Hardy Peterson was a 3rd string catcher for the Bucs from 1955-59 so it would have been an impossibility for him to have drafted Clemente in 1954 . Branch Rickey was responsible for drafting Clemente. In regards to Rick Peterson on can only hope he will be fired very shortly.

Shickhaus Franks
June 18, 2008
Buh-Bye, Jacket Guy! Don't let the door hit you on the way out. Maybe you could leave the USA and head to India so you can become a Mike Myers-type hippy-dippy guru and never coach AGAIN!

The Big H
July 14, 2008
Two weeks after the Jacket, with the hand on the pitchers pitching shoulder is dismissed, the Mets pitching staff puts together five consecutive games in which they allow three hits or less, a first in major league history. I wonder if Mr. Peterson's absence contributed to this record.

Darla Timberlake
October 29, 2010
Seriously - Peterson? Why? Rick has never coached a winning baseball team, meaning a team that was in the World Series games, in his entire career!! He is way too much into himself to be an affective mentor/coach! Now as far as fashion tips for tight pants and mullet styled hairdos from the 80's - Yes - he would be great! But coaching a winning team - NEVER!! Have fun with that vegetarian, yoga loving, mullet wearing jerk Milwaukee!!

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