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Pirates add Sherlock to coaching staff

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The Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday announced that Glenn Sherlock would be joining the club’s major league coaching staff.

Sherlock, 59, has more than 35 years of professional baseball experience, including 24 years in the National League. He spent the 2019 season serving as first base coach for the New York Mets after coaching at third the previous two seasons.

Sherlock also was the Mets’ catching instructor during his three years in New York.

Sherlock’s primary focus with the Pirates will be coaching Pirates catchers and run prevention, according to a club news release. He will also help manager Derek Shelton and bench coach Don Kelly with game preparation and management.

The Pirates’ previous bench, Tom Prince, also served as a catching instructor.

Before moving to New York for the 2017 season, Sherlock spent 19 seasons on the Arizona Diamondbacks coaching staff, serving as catching coach, bench coach, third base coach and bullpen coach at various times.

A former catcher, Sherlock played nearly 300 games in the minor leagues, reaching the Triple-A level with the Yankees but never getting to the big leagues.

In addition to his coaching stints, Sherlock managed three years in the Yankees farm system.

The hiring of Sherlock leaves just one vacancy on the Pirates’ major league coaching staff – an assistant hitting coach. Jacob Cruz, who formerly held down that spot, left to take a similar position with the Milwaukee Brewers last month.

The most recent addition prior to Sherlock was Tarrik Brock, who was hired last week as the club’s first base coach. He will also coach Pirates’ outfielders and oversee base running instruction.

Brock spent the previous three seasons as the minor league outfield/base running coordinator for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and prior to that he spent time in the San Diego, Houston and Miami organizations.