Garcia will stay with Curve

The Curve have never had a manager last only one year, and that trend will continue as Carlos Garcia has been tabbed by the Pirates to return to the Double-A team for a second season.

Garcia, a Pirates All-Star second baseman in 1994, did not enjoy a strong season for the Curve in 2013 as the team finished 63-79 for the second-worst record in franchise history.

By and large, however, the club was more competitive than that record would indicate, and the Pirates are happy enough with Garcia’s work to send him back for another year.

“Carlos Garcia offers a strong, steady leadership and professional presence,” Pirates assistant general manager Kyle Stark wrote in a text message to the Mirror. “He’s passionate about this organization, has significant playing and coaching experience (including managing successfully in winter ball), and cares about his players.

“We expect him to continue to grow as a manager in his second year there.”

Stan Kyles will return as the Curve’s pitching coach for the second year in a row. Ryan Long will be the hitting coach for the third straight season and for the fifth time overall (he also was in Altoona in 2009 and ’10).

Former Curve outfielder/first baseman Miles Durham will serve as a coach, filling a role that was held last year by Austin McClune, who’s now with the rookie GCL Pirates. Durham played for Altoona from 2009-12 and is best known for hitting a walk-off home run in the 19th inning of a home game in August of 2010.

Mike Zalno will be the team’s trainer for the fourth straight year. The Curve have a new strength and conditioning coach in Alan Burr, who filled that role last year at low-A West Virginia.