The Pittsburgh Pirates announced three coaching changes today, although none of them were the addition of a new bench coach. The Pirates switched Rick Sofield and Nick Leyva, moving Leyva to being the first base coach, and switching Sofield from first base to the third base coach. Leyva remains as the infield coach, and Sofield is still the outfield-baserunning coach.
The Pirates also added Brad Fischer to the Major League staff. No role was given for Fisher, other than major league coach. He was formerly the Pirates’ minor league field coordinator over the last three years. Prior to that, he was an Advisor to Player Development in 2011.
UPDATE: The Pirates won’t have a bench coach. Fischer joins Dave Jauss and Jeff Livesey as major league coaches.