According to multiple sources, first reported by Colin Dunlap, the Pittsburgh Pirates are bringing in Don Kelly as their bench coach, replacing Tom Prince. Kelly was the first base coach for the Houston Astros in 2019. Jon Heyman confirmed the news.

Kelly was a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates back in 2007 as a player. He was born in Mount Lebanon and attended Point Park University in Pittsburgh. He’s the brother-in-law of Neil Walker. Kelly played nine seasons in the majors, mostly with the Detroit Tigers. He finished up his playing days in 2016 with the Miami Marlins.

Since retiring as a player, he was a scout for the Detroit Tigers for two years, before moving to the Astros last November.

UPDATE: Pirates make the move official

They also announce that third base coach Joey Cora, hitting coach Rick Eckstein and assistant pitching coach Justin Meccage will all return for 2020.

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