Pirates announce Perry Hill won't return; hire Searage

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The Pirates announced this morning that first base coach and infield instructor Perry Hill will not return to the organization next year.

"We made an aggressive attempt to bring Perry back, including exercising his option for the 2010 season and offering to restructure and extend his contract. Despite these efforts, Perry has decided that he does not want to coach," general manager Neal Huntington said in a news release. "We respect Perry's decision, appreciate his service to the organization and remain open to Perry returning to the organization if and when he desires to coach again."

The Pirates also announced that Ray Searage will join the Major League coaching staff for the 2010 season.

Searage, 54, just completed his 32nd season in professional baseball -- his seventh as a pitching coach in the Pittsburgh organization and his second as the Triple-A Pitching Coach in Indianapolis.

"Ray brings years of experience to our big league staff," said Huntington. "He not only has spent the last seven years working with the pitchers in our system, but he has over 30 years of experience as both a Major League pitcher and minor league pitching coach. His knowledge of the game in general, and the way he has handled our pitchers coming through the system, will further strengthen our coaching staff at the big league level."

Searage began his coaching career in the St. Louis minor league system in 1994 after playing a total of seven big league seasons with the Mets (1981), Brewers (1984-86), White Sox (1986-87) and Dodgers (1989-1990). He joined the Pittsburgh organization as the Pitching Coach with Williamsport in 2003. After spending two seasons in the New York-Penn League, Searage also served in the same capacity with Hickory (2005) and Altoona (2006-07) before joining Indianapolis.

Colin Dunlap can be reached a cdunlap@post-gazette.com .


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