Searage will return as the pitching coach in 2011.
According to Dejan Kovacevic, the Pittsburgh Pirates are set to name four coaches to Clint Hurdle's coaching staff. Those coaches are Ray Searage (pitching coach), Gregg Ritchie (hitting coach), Jeff Banister (third base coach), and Nick Leyva (bench coach).
Searage and Banister are returning to the coaching staff from last season. Searage took over as the pitching coach when the team fired Joe Kerrigan in early August. Banister took over as the bench coach at the same time, and was one of two finalists for the vacant manager position this off-season. With Banister at third base, it means that Tony Beasley won't return.
Ritchie has been the minor league hitting coordinator for the Pirates since the 2006 season. I'm surprised ...
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