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Pirates Hire Oscar Marin as Pitching Coach; Justin Meccage Named Bullpen Coach

Jason Mackey from the Post Gazette is reporting that the Pittsburgh Pirates are set to hire Oscar Marin as their new pitching coach to replace Ray Searage. Marin was reported as a favorite for the spot last week.

Marin was the bullpen coach for the Texas Rangers last year. He was the minor league pitching coordinator for the Seattle Mariners for two years prior to moving on to Texas. Seattle actually hired him away from the Rangers, where he was an instructor in their farm system from 2010 until 2016. Marin pitched four seasons of college ball (2001-04) and then coached from 2005 until 2009 for three different high school/college programs. This will be his first pitching coach job in the majors and just his second year at the big league level.

UPDATE: Pirates make the move official

The Pirates also named Justin Meccage as the bullpen coach. He was the assistant pitching coach over the last two years and a candidate for the pitching coach position. Euclides Rojas had been the bullpen coach for the last ten seasons.

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