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Pirates extend entire coaching staff through 2019

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The Pirates have announced that they’ve extended the contracts of their entire coaching staff for two years, through 2019.

The staff is:

Bench coach, Tom Prince
Pitching coach, Ray Searage
Hitting coach, Jeff Branson
Assistant hitting coach, Jeff Livesy
Third base coach, Joey Cora
First base coach, Kimera Bartee
Bullpen coach, Euclides Rojas
Bullpen catcher, Heberto Rojas
Bullpen catcher, Jordan Comadena
Coach (?), Dave Jauss

If nothing else, it’s a bit hard to explain a lack of changes in the hitting coaches for a team that finished 28th in the majors in runs, 29th in slugging, 28th in OPS, 29th in OPS+ and 29th in HRs. Apparently, that qualifies as “competing.”