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Jeff Manto Hired as Pirates' Hitting Coach

More of the same. I don't know what kind of coach Jeff Manto is - and the bland quotes in this article certainly aren't any help - but the one thing that has defined the teams the Pirates have put on the field in the last few years is a complete inability to hit. So after reassigning hitting coach Gerald Perry (and later losing him to the A's), the Pirates have decided to address their hitting problems by... promoting a guy from inside the organization?! Granted, they tried to hire at least a couple of guys from outside who turned them down, but this would seem like a situation where you'd want to get a fresh perspective... unless, of course, you're more interested in appearing to address your problems than actually addressing them.