Entire Pirates Coaching Staff Will Return in 2012

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be retaining their entire Major League coaching staff for the 2012 season, the Pirates just announced. The following coaches will be returning for the 2012 season:

Heberto Andrade – Bullpen Catcher
Jeff Banister – Bench Coach
Nick Leyva – Third Base Coach
Gregg Ritchie – Hitting Coach
Euclides Rojas – Bullpen Coach
Ray Searage – Pitching Coach
Luis Silverio – First Base Coach
Mark Strittmatter – Major League Coach


  • Way to go Pirates, keep the hitting coach that managed to have us in last place in every offensive category!!  That’s exactly why we have 19 straight losing seasons, FO is okay with mediocrity or worse.  

  • IMO the hitting coach did not show much, especially with the poor approaches of the players. I would not go as far as to say it was all his fault, but when you have a team that strikes out like this one did and can’t barrel up the ball very much, something should be done about it.