Tag: Jeff Branson

Pirates Announce Extensions For Entire MLB Coaching Staff Through 2017

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that they've extended the contracts of their entire Major League Coaching Staff through the 2017 season. This, of course,...

First Pitch: Evaluating the Pirates Offensive Emphasis

Follow @NateBarnes_ // As discussed yesterday, the 2014 Pirates are emphasizing on-base percentage in hopes of improving an offense that ranked ninth in the National...

Pirates Look to Improve Offense by Emphasizing On-Base Percentage

Follow @NateBarnes_ // Andrew McCutchen stepped to the plate against pitcher Alfredo Simon in the third inning of the Pirates’ April 23 game against the...

Pirates Name Jeff Branson the New Hitting Coach

The Pittsburgh Pirates have named Jeff Branson their new hitting coach, per a team press release. They have also added Jeff Livesey to the...

Pirates Expected to Stay Internal in Search For Hitting Coach

Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are expected to stay internal in their search for a new hitting coach. Meanwhile, Travis Sawchik says...

Minor League Managers and Coaches — Part 1

Who's who in the coaching box for the Pirates' minor league affiliates: � (part one)

Indianapolis Indians (AAA)

Manager Frank Kremblas

  • second season as Indians' manager
  • had four seasons as manager of AAA Nashville (Brewers)
  • former catcher and infielder in the Reds' organization
  • played for the Indians (mostly infield) in 1993 - 96, and hit .227 with 9 home runs and 68 RBI

Hitting Coach Jeff Branson

  • second season as Indians' hitting coach
  • spent two seasons as manager at Lynchburg and 4 seasons coaching in the Pirates' organization
  • played as an infielder for the Indians in 1997 and 1999, and in the major leagues for the Reds, Indians, and Dodgers

Pitching Coach Dean Traynor

  • first season as the Indians' pitching coach, replacing Ray Searage
  • Curve pitching coach in 2009
  • has been manager and pitching coach for 23 seasons in the minor leagues for the Marlins, Dodgers, Expos, Padres, and Cleveland Indians
  • 5 seasons as a minor league pitcher in the Reds' organization

Altoona Curve (AA)

Manager Matt Walbeck

  • second season as Curve manager
  • managed in the Detroit Tigers' minor league season for 4 seasons
  • Texas Rangers' third base coach in 2008
  • 11 years as a major league catcher �with the Cubs, Twins, Tigers, Angels, and Phillies

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