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Pirates Hire David Eckstein as a Special Assistant in Baseball Operations

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The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Saturday afternoon that they have added former Major Leaguer David Eckstein to their front office. His job title is Special Assistant, Baseball Operations. Eckstein’s older brother Rick was hired by the Pirates as their hitting coach two months ago.

David Eckstein played ten years in the majors (2001-10), making two All-Star teams and winning two World Series titles. He has since been a Spring Training infield instructor for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for six seasons, while also serving one year with the Arizona Diamondbacks on the baseball operations staff. Eckstein also helped out USA Baseball in various roles for five years.

In a press release (see below), Neal Huntington said that Eckstein’s experience will be an asset on the player development side as a teacher and a mentor.

 

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John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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