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Pirates hitting coach Gregg Ritchie stepping down to take college job

Oct 3, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that Pirates hitting coach Gregg Ritchie will not return for 2013 and will instead take a job as the new head coach at his alma mater, George Washington University.

Ritchie has spent seven years in the Pirates’ organization and was promoted to hitting coach in November of 2010. In two seasons under his coaching Pittsburgh’s offense has ranked 10th and 14th in the 16-team National League.

Brink notes that Ritchie denied rumors that he was leaving the Pirates to take the GW job back in August. Good thing, too, or else maybe the Pirates would have been distracted and their performance would have suffered down the stretch or something.

  1. redguy12588 - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    No. Please. Don’t go. Stop.

  2. lew24 - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Step down…or asked to leave? Same difference!

  3. planck16 - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    So long Steve Mrowka from GW! Apparently fear, intimidation, and insults couldn’t cut it in the A-10! Guess shaving your face and cleaning your shoes isn’t such a bad baseball and life lesson after all.

  4. stairwayto7 - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Now get Van Slyke as hitting coach!

  5. mazblast - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    He resigned before they would have fired him. Given what I saw most of the year, I’m surprised they finished as high as 14th in offense. Yeesh!

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