Erick Harding Peterson
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 0", Weight 180 lb.
- School Gulf Coast Community College, Jacksonville University
- High School Mt. Lebanon High School
Pitcher Rick Peterson was picked by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 21st round of the 1976 amateur draft and spent four years in their minor league system. In 67 career games, he went 6-11 with a 5.67 ERA. He debuted with the 1976 Niagara Falls Pirates, going 1-0 with one save a 4.20 ERA in 5 games, averaging a walk per inning and over a strikeout per inning. In '77, he was only 1-1 with a 8.23 ERA for the Salem Pirates, allowing over two baserunners per inning, and was also with the Charleston Patriots, he had a 3-3 record, one save and a 3.00 ERA and only walked 12 in 60 innings.
In 1978, Rick was 1-3, 7.50 for Salem, again topping two baserunners per frame. A year later, Peterson had a 0-3, 7.31 line in four starts for Salem to conclude his career toiling on the mound, though he also made appearances while coaching in 1980, 1982, 1983, and 1988.
After his playing career ended in 1979, he became a minor league coach. He coached the Salem Pirates (1979-1980), GCL Pirates (1980), Buffalo Bisons (1981-1982), and Lynn Pirates (1983). He was the Pirates bullpen coach in 1984-1985. Moving to the Cleveland Indians organization, he coached the Waterbury Indians (1986), Buffalo (1987), and the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (1988). With the Chicago White Sox, he coached the Birmingham Barons (1989-1991, Vancouver Canadians (1992), and the Nashville Sounds (1993-1994). Peterson was the Toronto Blue Jays minor league pitching coordinator in 1996-1997.
Having studied for several years under James Andrews, he is a firm believer in biomechanics.
He became the pitching coach of the Oakland Athletics in 1998. Under his leadership, Tim Hudson, Barry Zito, and Mark Mulder became 20 game winners. Peterson joined the New York Mets as pitching coach in 2003. He was fired along with manager Willie Randolph and first base coach Tom Nieto by the Mets on June 17, 2008. In 2012-2013, he was named director of pitching development for the Baltimore Orioles.