|Dave Wallace is the interim pitching coach for the Red Sox, handling the duties of Red Sox pitching coach Tony Cloninger, who is on a medical leave of absence.
A native of Waterbury, CT, Wallace is in his 34th season in professional baseball. He has spent 20 of the last 23 years in the Dodgers organization in several capacities, including serving as major league and minor league pitching coach, interim General Manager in 2001 and, most recently, as Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations. Wallace is credited with helping develop the talents of Pedro Martinez, Hideo Nomo, Ramon Martinez, Darren Dreifort, Chan Ho Park, Pedro Astacio and John Wetteland.
Wallace last served as major league pitching coach for the 2000 National League champion New York Mets, whose 4.16 team ERA was third-best in the majors. As major league pitching coach for the Dodgers from 1995-97, Wallace's staffs consistently ranked among the best in baseball. The Dodgers led the majors with a 3.36 ERA in 1996, one year after the staff finished second in the majors with a 3.66 ERA in 1995. In 1997, the Dodgers were second in the majors with a 3.62 ERA and led the majors with 1,232 strikeouts. The Dodgers bullpen led the league with a 3.40 ERA in 1997.
After a 10-year pro career as a pitcher, which included parts of three seasons in the majors with the Phillies and Blue Jays, Wallace joined the Dodgers organization as pitching coach for Single-A Vero Beach in 1981 and was pitching coach for Triple-A Albuquerque just three seasons later from 1984-86. Wallace became the Dodgers' roving minor league pitching instructor in 1987, a position he held until becoming their major league pitching coach in 1995.
Wallace and his wife, Joyce, own a home in Norfolk, MA.