The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Saturday afternoon that they have added former Major Leaguer David Eckstein to their front office. His job title is Special Assistant, Baseball Operations. Eckstein’s older brother Rick was hired by the Pirates as their hitting coach two months ago.
David Eckstein played ten years in the majors (2001-10), making two All-Star teams and winning two World Series titles. He has since been a Spring Training infield instructor for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for six seasons, while also serving one year with the Arizona Diamondbacks on the baseball operations staff. Eckstein also helped out USA Baseball in various roles for five years.
In a press release (see below), Neal Huntington said that Eckstein’s experience will be an asset on the player development side as a teacher and a mentor.