Saturday, October 17, 2009


Nah, the hot stove league hasn't started yet, but changes in the Bucco staff have.

The top news is that Perry Hill, 57, decided that he'd rather spend next summer in Lantana, Texas with wife Olivia and his kids, Alexis, and Perry Jr. That's not a totally unexpected, though disappointing, decision.

So the Pirates are on a search for an infield guru. Guess we'll soon find out what a coach is worth to a team.

Also, Ray Searage, 54, will join the big league staff and work closely with pitching coach Joe Kerrigan, who made the hiring of an assistant part of his deal to return. Searage has spent the past seven seasons coaching in the Pittsburgh system, at Williamsport, Hickory, Altoona, and the past two as the pitching coach at Indy.

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