Andy Barkett announced on Twitter on Saturday afternoon that he is joining the Boston Red Sox coaching staff as the assistant hitting coach. Barkett spent this last season managing the Indianapolis Indians, the Triple-A farm team of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He led them to the playoffs, winning the International League West division with a 79-63 record.

Before that he was the minor league hitting coordinator for the Pirates. He also played for the Pirates in 2001, which was his lone appearance in the majors during an 11-year pro career. Barkett has nine years of managerial experience in the minors.

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  1. big loss for the pirates. i liked hearing barkett talk about hitting philosophy and about players in general.

    good for him though.

    • Barkett and Michael Ryan at AA were a breath of fresh air during the 2017 season. Since Ryan’s Altoona AA team won the Eastern League Championship in 2017, he would be my favorite to be the Manager at AAA in 2018. Still only 40. And the kid at Bradenton, Gerardo Alvarez, had a very productive year also – only 38, and started out Managing in the DSL from 2012-2014. He could be a good promote to Manager at AA.

  2. I would think this is one of those difficult decisions:
    – Pros: great organization, increase your connections, and an actual MLB position
    -Cons: he’s young, he was a successful AAA manager who could have been in position to replace Hurdle in 3-4 years, this is a hitting coach – a position that unfairly gets blamed when teams don’t hit

  3. Can’t blame anyone for wanting career advancement, plus opportunity to join a top organization. If only NH and CH had the same ambition and desire to leave!

    • Hurdle and the rest of the good old boys gang are not going anywhere unless they are forced to leave. The way NH had things looking at this time last year IMO, was that Joey Cora, 52, would succeed CH after 2017, that Kevin Riggs, 48, from Altoona would become the Pirates Hitting Coach, and possibly Keoni De Renne, 38, from Hi A would become the Assistant Hitting Coach. New folks, new idea’s, new enthusiasm. Not.

      The game has changed, just as the make-up of the players has changed. We have a bunch of baby boomers (like me) working with a player population that is at least 50% filled with millennials, and that population is increasing each year. Any organization has to keep bringing in younger management if it wants to have a chance of staying current and in contact with the employees.

      The Pirates brought in a kid in his late 30’s named Neal Huntington. What does your staff look like, Neal? I’ll bet it does not look like the Field Management Group.

  4. Cannot blame a 44 year old who is looking to advance in this game. The Pirates just put up the “Managers need not apply for at least 4 years” sign, and I doubt this is the last of the defections. Brand NEW coaching staff in bean town after making the playoffs this year. Good luck, Andy.

  5. Good for him; bad for Bucs. See what happens when you don’t promote &
    instead resign bad coaches on a bad team

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