Pirates hire Jay Bell as hitting coach
The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired longtime major league
infielder Jay Bell as the new hitting coach.
Bell replaces Gregg Ritchie, who left the team to become the
coach at George Washington University.
The 46-year-old Bell spent 18 seasons in the majors, including
eight years with the Pirates from 1989-96. Bell was a two-time
All-Star and hit .265 with 195 home runs and 860 RBI in 2,063
career games. He retired after the 2003 season.
Bell spent the 2012 season as hitting coach for the Mobile
BayBears, the Arizona Diamondbacks Double-A affiliate.
The Pirates hired Rick Sofield as first base coach and Dave
Jauss as major league coach. Former first base coach Luis Silverio
will serve as a senior adviser to minor league operations.