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Pirates put Bill Mazeroski, Bill Virdon back in uniform

Jun 20, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

Bill Mazeroski, Bill Virdon, Alex Presley AP

The Pirates had some extra help in the dugout Tuesday night, with Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski and former center fielder Bill Virdon added to the coaching staff.

According to the Tribune-Review, the Pirates got permission from the Twins to add a couple of extra coaches for their series against Minnesota.

“This isn’t a fantasy camp thing; this isn’t spring training,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “We’re going to have them here to help coach and teach and have them at least feel part of it more throughout the game. We brought them in for them to bring us something, and hopefully we can give them something in return and everybody wins.”

Mazeroski, maybe the best defensive second baseman in major league history, was selected to the Hall of Fame by the Veteran’s Committee in 2001. He spent his entire 17-year career with the Pirates. Virdon was never an All-Star in the bigs, but his glove made him a regular in center for 11 seasons. He was also a two-time Manager of the Year, first with the Yankees and later with the Astros.

  1. skerney - Jun 20, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    So cool.

  2. stlouis1baseball - Jun 20, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Great stuff. Well done Pirates Organization. Well done.

  3. jwbiii - Jun 20, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Dick Groat might be an upgrade. . .

  4. redguy12588 - Jun 20, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    And the MLB just exnayed this. Thanks MLB, now go do something useful and curb free agency spending and leave the pirates alone.

  5. e5again - Jun 20, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Cool idea, yeah, but why would the Twins be approving this and not MLB?

    • raysfan1 - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:17 PM

      Probably because (1) this was far more cool than “throwback” uniforms, especially for teams like the Rays that did not exist “way back when.” (2) It wasn’t the MLB front office’s idea. (3) It did not directly generate revenue.

  6. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 20, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Great to see them back with the Pirates. Enjoy!

  7. thomas2727 - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Ladies and gentlemen, Mazeroski has hit a one-nothing pitch over the left field fence at Forbes Field to win the 1960 World Series for the Pittsburgh Pirates by a score of ten to nine!

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