Pirates to bring back Donnelly as coordinator
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The Pirates will bring back Rich Donnelly, a coach on their most recent winning team in 1992, as a minor-league coordinator.
His role has not yet been clearly defined, but he will evaluate personnel in the minors and report to Kyle Stark, director of player development.
Donnelly, 61, of Steubenville, Ohio, has 26 years of major-league coaching experience, most recently as the Los Angeles Dodgers' third base coach.
Also on the minor-league front, the Pirates announced that Brad Fischer, who had been announced last month as the team's catching coordinator, will manage State College, their Class A short-season affiliate, once that team's season begins in mid-June. He will replace former Pirates outfielder Turner Ward, now the hitting instructor for the Arizona Diamondbacks' Class AA affiliate in Mobile, Ala.
Joining Fischer on his staff will be another former Pirate, Sid Bream, whose venture into professional coaching will be his first. Bream, 47, and his family live in Zelienople, where coached a 19-and-under team last year.
All of the other minor-league managers -- Trent Jewett with Class AAA Indianapolis, Tim Leiper with Class AA Altoona, Jeff Branson with high Class A Lynchburg, Gary Green with low Class A Hickory and Tom Prince with rookie-level Bradenton -- will stay on the job.
NOTES -- Reliever Damaso Marte contributed to a no-hitter Monday in the Dominican Winter League, pitching 1 2/3 innings, striking out three and hitting a batter. Ervin Santana pitched the first six innings in Licey's 2-0 blanking of Estrellas, and Carlos Marmol the final 1 1/3. ... Ray Searage will fill Indianapolis' vacancy for a pitching coach, created when Jeff Andrews was promoted to the Pirates. Searage had been with Altoona. All staffs at all levels are complete.
First Published January 16, 2008 12:00 am