Pirates Hitting Coach Gregg Ritchie Will Not Return in 2013

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.

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  • Lee Young

    Good luck, Gregg!! Hope it all works out for you at GW.

    • whiteAngus

      i agree. hes a good dude and he deserves as much applause as he did venom.

  • http://twitter.com/jlease717 John Lease

    A scape goat at last.

  • ecbucs

    This isn’t related to article above but thought it was interesting post at another board. Frank Coonley talking prior to 2009 season. At that time he would say what has happened the past couple years in not acceptable:


    I think you have done a great job locking in talent through their
    arbitration years with a free agency option and addressing the 2010
    problem. How probable is it to think we will have a contender by 2012?

    Coonelly: Thank you for giving me the opportunity to address how we’re
    building this team. While we certainly have been and will continue to
    acquire young talent, we are not targeting 2010 — or 2012, for that
    matter — as the year in which we think we will win. Six of the eight
    players we acquired in the deadline trades last year are (or shortly
    will be) ready for the Major Leagues. We expect to win in 2009 and would not find it acceptable to attempt to build a team that will not win until 2010 or 2012.

    So back in 2009, he would find it unacceptable if the team didn’t begin
    winning in 2010-2012. He expected his dynasty to begin in 2009. But
    here we are in 2012, the team is still a complete joke and he felt he
    should announce that the entire front office and development team are
    coming back for 2013?

    • whiteAngus

      whats he supposed to say? “we know we arent going to win in 2009 or even 2010. we are rebuilding a poor team from scratch and its going to take time.”
      cmon guys, its just passing the buck.

      • TonyPenaforHOF

        Good to hear from you Neal!

        • whiteAngus

          you too, Smizik

      • http://twitter.com/jlease717 John Lease

        Anything is fine with you, right? Let us all know when he says something you don’t find Okee Dokey.

  • ecbucs

    Most likely a very big pay cut for him.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=72405411 Ian Rothermund

      Probably, but he’ll get to be HMFIC at a D-1 school, have the access to all the facilities, and still get a decent check from it. This is probably a good move for him.

  • leadoff

    I hope they actually hire a hitting coach that is going to do the coaching and not Hurdle, this team needs a coach that can teach the correct approach to hitting, the talent is there, I want to see players progress not regress.

    • whiteAngus

      our top hitters this year ALL progressed from last season. Cutch, Walker, Jones and Pedro all had career or better seasons than before. The one hitter that took a step back was Tabata.

      • ecbucs

        McHenry too although can’t forget to mention Rod and Barmes. Hopefully Tabata and Pressley can be better next year.

        • whiteAngus

          people can harp all they want about Barmes, he earned his paycheck this year. he was signed for the glove and the guy delivered. if he got about 20 more hits he probably would get more notice for a gold glove, which he deserves.

  • F Lang

    Get Barry Bonds on the horn. HA!

  • http://twitter.com/jrgsstuff Quinton McLargeHuge

    I wonder if he saw the writing on the wall as far as his time with the Pirates are concerned. He probably knew someone would be let go after the season and so he prepared for it and it worked out,

  • Kevin_Creagh

    For a front office so steeped in all of the sabermetrics out there (and ones they develop in-house), I would hope they pursue a hitting coach that understands the value of working a count — both from an offensive on-base side plus the defensive wear-the-pitcher-down side.
    I’m just hoping to see a lot less flailing wildly at outside pitches next year.

    • http://twitter.com/jlease717 John Lease

      So you aren’t in favor of Craig Wilson returning to baseball as the hitting coach? You know what they say, those who can’t do, teach… :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/benjaminmcferren Ben McFerren

    Maybe Hurdle moves over to hitting coach and Marboro Jim takes over

  • Marco Rincones

    Way too many damn strikeouts for a team to contend. Maybe it’s not all Ritchie’s fault but a new way of looking at at bats couldn’t hurt.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brandon-Woofter/98400286 Brandon Woofter

    I think that Sean Casey would be a great selection for hitting coach. Lifetime. 300 hitter, good baseball IQ, and excellent clubhouse guy.

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