Pirates fire Kerrigan, Varsho

The Pirates fired pitching coach Joe Kerrigan and bench coach Gary Varsho this morning. Ray Searage will replace Kerrigan and Jeff Banister will replace Varsho.

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Pirates Fire Joe Kerrigan and Gary Varsho

According to Dejan Kovacevic, the Pittsburgh Pirates have fired pitching coach Joe Kerrigan and bench coach Gary Varsho.  Ray Searage has been promoted as the new pitching coach, while Jeff Bannister will become the bench coach, both on an interim basis. When Kerrigan was added, there was hope that he would be able to finish developing the talent on the major league pitching staff, similar to what he had done in the past with the...

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Dave Kerwin is back

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced today that pitching coach Joe Kerrigan, aka, Dave Kerwin, will return next season. Dejan Kovacevic reports on the PBC Blog that the team didn’t disclose the length of the deal, or the specifics. However, they will add a second pitching coach to be mentored by Kerrigan, and to help reduce the workload. That last part is especially good, as not only do the Pirates retain Kerrigan, but they could...

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Kerrigan to return in 2010

Joe Kerrigan will return as the Pirates’ pitching coach in 2010. The team will also employ a second pitching coach, whom Kerrigan will mentor throughout the season.  This is a pretty interesting strategy, one that attempts to create continuity for the pitching staff.  Management seems to be mimicking a football coaching staff, in which an assistant coach replaces his superior and keeps the same (or at least a similar)...

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2008 vs. 2009 – Pitching

As Chuck Finder reported this morning, Joe Kerrigan has yet to decide whether he will return as the Pirates’ pitching coach in 2010. While it is nearly impossible to measure a coach’s effect on a team, I thought this would be a good time to compare the 2008 pitching staff to the one we have seen thus far in 2009. Let’s jump right into a whole mess of team stats.   2008 2009 ERA 5.10 4.62 FIP 4.84 4.55 K/9 5.96...

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