Pirates' broadcaster Frattare retiring

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Lanny Frattare, the voice of the Pirates for 33 years, is retiring.

Frattare, who began broadcasting the team's games in 1976, has called the team games longer than any other announcer, including the venerable Bob Prince.

"In the 122-year history of this proud franchise, nobody has brought the action to Pirates fans longer than Lanny," Pirates president Frank Coonelly said. "Lanny's positive impact on the Pirates and the Pittsburgh community reaches far beyond the broadcast booth. Whether it was the countless number of appearances he made in the community on behalf of the Pirates or his two decade-long personal push to raise funds for mentally challenged individuals in our area, Lanny is part of the fabric of this community."

Coonelly said there is not timetable to announce Frattare's replacement.

"The decision to retire from the Pirates broadcast booth was something I have been thinking about and have discussed for some time, but a decision I did not make until after the final road trip of the season," Frattare said. "It was a difficult and emotional decision, but in the end, I decided it was time."

The Pirates will host a special on-field ceremony during the 2009 season to honor Frattare, however there are no details yet.

The remainder of the Pirates' broadcast team, which includes play-by-play announcer Greg Brown and color analysts Bob Walk, Steve Blass and John Wehner, will return for the 2009 season.


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