Pittsburgh Pirates One Game Wonders

In the history of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise, since they first set foot on the field of Bank Street Grounds in Cincinnati to play their first game as a member of the American Association on May 2,1882 until they played their last game this past September 28,2011, they have used 1814 different players. Of those players 96 of them took the field once for the team and then never appeared in a game for Pittsburgh again. Some you may...

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This Date in Pirates History: January 15

On this date in 1969 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded outfielder Manny Jimenez to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for minor league infielder Ron Campbell and pitcher Chuck Hartenstein. Jimenez was a 30 year old outfielder who had received limited playing time with the Pirates over the 1967-68 seasons. He started just five games in 1968 despite playing on the team the entire season. He was used as a pinch hitter 54 times that year and hit...

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Four Coaching Positions Set

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....

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Manager Search Down to Two

The Pittsburgh Pirates have narrowed their manager search down to two people: Clint Hurdle and Jeff Banister.  Hurdle, the current batting coach for the Texas Rangers, will interview for the position tomorrow, according to Pirates’ CEO Frank Coonelly in his live chat today.  Banister, the interim bench coach for the Pirates, is the only remaining candidate of the seven people who originally interviewed for the position. A quick...

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Manager Notes: Samuel, Hurdle, Pena, Banister

Some updates on a fairly quiet manager search… -It was expected that the Pirates would interview Juan Samuel, although Bill Brink of the Post Gazette reports that Samuel hasn’t heard from the club, making it unlikely that he’s a candidate. -John Perrotto had a string of rumors and updates on Twitter.  He said that he thinks Jeff Banister will get the job (note that it was a prediction, not a reporting), that Tony...

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