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Former Curve slugger Bonifay takes job with Astros

December 15, 2010 - Cory Giger
Former Curve slugger Josh Bonifay is leaving the Pirate organization to take a job as hitting coach at the Astros' rookie-level affiliate in Greeneville, Tenn.

Bonifay has been coaching in the Buccos' system since retiring as a player and was at low-A West Virginia last season.

"Houston called for an opportunity within their player development department as a hitting coach at a low-level rookie team," Bonifay said. "It was my first opportunity to have a full-time gig as a hitting coach and a longtime goal to continue my career in baseball.

"I am extremely fortunate for the opportunity, and I look forward to a long career as a coach."

Bonifay played for the Curve from 2003-05 and is the franchise's career leader in home runs (tied with Adam Hyzdu at 55) and RBIs (209).

"I'm extremely thankful to the Pirates organization for providing me the chance to start my career as a baseball player and then continue on as a staff member on the field," he said. "Kyle [Stark, the farm director] was instrumental in my development as a coach, along with multiple staff members over the last three years.

"I'm in debt for all the help and time this organization has given to me. My friendships and relationships I will continue to develop and lean on for support as I move on to a different organization."

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Mirror file photo Josh Bonifay talks with pitcher Rudy Owens during a visit to Altoona in February.