PITTSBURGH, Pa. — According to a source, Pirates hitting coach Gregg Ritchie will not return to Pittsburgh’s staff for the 2013 season. The Pirates enter game action with a team .243 average.
Ritchie has been hired as a head coach at his Alma mater George Washington University. Ritchie was not fired, according to the source, but made the decision to coach his Alma mater. The Pirates agreed to let him accept the position.
Ritchie was named the Pirates hitting coach on November 24, 2010. He’s been with the Pirates organization for seven years. He was previously serving as the minor league hitting coach from 2006-2010.