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The Pittsburgh Pirates announced several coaching changes today for the 2013 season, and the highlight was former shortstop Jay Bell being announced as the hitting coach.
Bell spent 18 seasons in the majors, with eight of those years coming with the Pirates between 1989-1996. After retiring from the game he spent time as the bench coach in Arizona from 2005-2006, and he recently was the hitting coach for Arizona’s Double-A affiliate. That team was managed by Turner Ward. Bell is currently coaching the New Zealand national team, attempting to qualify for the World Baseball Classic in March.
The Pirates also announced that Rick Sofield has been named First Base Coach and Dave Jauss has been named Major League Coach. Sofield spent the 2012 season as the manager for the West Virginia Power. He will also oversee the club’s baserunning and outfield efforts while replacing Luis Silverio, who has been named Senior Advisor, Latin American Operations. In his new role, Silverio will be instrumental in the development of the club’s Latin American players in the minor league system as well as those at the Major League level.
Jauss spent the 2012 season, his 25th in professional baseball, as a Special Assistant to General Manager Neal Huntington. He served the Mets as their Major League Bench Coach in 2010 after working in the same capacity with the Orioles in 2008-09 and Dodgers in 2006-07. Jauss also spent 10 years in the Boston organization and seven with
Montreal after working six seasons as a college head coach.
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A few weeks ago, Deadspin ran an excellent piece on Jay Bell, where Bell looked back on his career and told stories about his time in Pittsburgh and Kansas City and Arizona and New York (I can't link to it now because the hurrican took...
Altoona Curve manager P.J. Forbes won’t return to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ organization next year, according to Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror. Forbes spent the last two years managing the Altoona Curve, and one year before that managing the Bradenton Marauders. According to Giger, the Pirates weren’t bringing Forbes back to manage in Altoona, but did offer him another position...
In what is pretty astonishing news, Andrew McCutchen has won the NL Center Field Gold Glove Award. McCutchen’s speed definitely allowed him to cover a lot of ground and make some highlight reel catches, but statistics and watching him day in and day out show that he probably wasn’t deserving of this, much like Nate McLouth in 2008.
McCutchen’s UZR/150 ranked 9th among...
Last week, during the round table discussion at Bucs Dugout, a question was raised about how each team’s draft results compare to their total spending. I’ve previously looked at the 2008 draft, noting the success stories from each round, and comparing that to what the Pirates got. Looking at the $/WAR for each team sounded interesting. It’s not a perfect method, but it would...
The Pittsburgh Pirates announced the following changes to their Major League Coaching staff: Jay Bell has
been named Hitting Coach, Rick Sofield has been named First Base Coach and Dave Jauss has been named Major
Today the Pittsburgh Pirates picked up the option year for Pedro Alvarez. Alvarez has a unique contract which usually brings some confusion about how long the Pirates have him under control. As a refresher, I thought I’d break down his deal.
Alvarez is still under the deal he signed out of the draft (or to be more accurate, the second deal he signed out of the draft). That deal...
The Pittsburgh Pirates named Jay Bell as their hitting coach Wednesday. The team also announced additional coaching moves on manager Clint Hurdle's staff. Rick Sofield will become first-base coach and Dave Jauss a major-league coach. Former first-base coach Luis Silverio moves to senior advisor of Latin American operations. Bell, 46, is coming home to replace Greg Ritchie...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have picked up the option on third baseman Pedro Alvarez and parted ways with catcher Rod Barajas.
The 25-year-old Alvarez enjoyed a breakout season in 2012, batting .244 with a career-high 30 home runs and 85 RBIs in 149 games. His home run total was 10th best in the National League, though he also led NL third basemen in errors with 27 and finished second...
The Scottsdale Scorpions beat Peoria 12-2 today, with help from two Pirates prospects on offense.
**Adalberto Santos went 3-for-5 with a double.
**Gift Ngoepe went 3-for-3 with a double, a walk, and four runs. Prior to this game he had two hits in 25 at-bats.
**Vic Black pitched a shutout inning to close out the game. He gave up a hit and two walks, while striking out two. Black...
First off, I hope everyone is okay after these storms. They continue in a lot of places so please just be safe. A.J. Burnett was possibly the All Star of the Pirates team last year. He epitomized leadership. How? By being a great clubhouse guy AND performing on the field. I am a proponent of [...]
Major League Baseball and Rawlings announced today that Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen won his first Gold Glove among National League Center Fielders. McCutchen beat out Atlanta’s Michael Bourn and Cincinnati’s Drew Stubbs for the award.
McCutchen finished the 2012 season with a 135-game errorless streak and led all National League outfielders in fielding...
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I'm very happy that Andrew McCutchen hit well enough to win this year's National League Gold Glove Award in center field. I hope he continues hitting well enough throughout his career that he can accumulate several more of these prestigious defensive awards.
(I know I'm being cynical, but that's pretty much how the Gold Gloves are awarded and since the Pirates...
Andrew McCutchen was awarded the NL center field Gold Glove award tonight. He became the first Pirate to earn the honor since Nate McLouth in 2008, and it’s certainly a very nice honor for the young superstar. Players and coaches voted on the award, and Cutch beat out finalists Michael Bourn and Drew Stubbs.
Of course, the Gold Glove has as much (or more) to do with offense as...