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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, includes Pitching Coach Ray Searage.

“We are very pleased to maintain the continuity and quality of our Major League Coaching Staff through at least the 2017 season,” Neal Huntington said in a statement. “This is a group of quality, talented baseball men who make our organization better each day.”

The following coaches are included in the extensions:

Ray Searage – He’s been the Pitching Coach since 2011

Jeff Branson – Hitting coach since 2014

Brad Fischer – Coach since 2015

Dave Jauss – Bench coach this year, coach since 2013

Nick Leyva – First Base coach since 2015

Jeff Livesey – Assistant Hitting Coach since 2014

Euclides Rojas – Bullpen Coach since 2011

Rick Sofield – Third base coach and outfield coach

Herberto Andrade – Bullpen catcher since 2004

This is obviously a great thing all around, but that’s especially the case with Searage. Jeff Branson has also done a great job with hitters, and it’s looking like Gregory Polanco might be his calling card, just like Francisco Liriano was the first reclamation guy that got everyone noticing Searage.

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Can anyone shed light on the role and duties of a bench coach?


I guess Sofield has been here so long the data was lost and the start year is indeterminable.


He was the only one who didn’t have a clue when asked?


I wonder if Francisco Liriano is a Branson success story, too!

dr dng

If the Pirates continue to have success,
its going to be hard to keep these guys.

Blaine Huff

Wait…bullpen catcher is an actual job? How did I not know this and where can I get an application?


How good are your knees?

Blaine Huff

I’m passing on the obvious joke 🙂


That’s a different skillset ;

Blaine Huff

If it’ll get the job…oh well, a guy’s gotta do what a guy’s gotta do…


He’s so not kidding – can you imagine being catcher in the 7th when Caminero and Watson need to get warmed up in a hurry? Cripes, that’s a lot of heat!

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