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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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.