Kelly added to staff

From Mirror reports

PITTSBURGH — Don Kelly, who got his start with the Pittsburgh Pirates back in 2007, was hired on Saturday as bench coach for the 2020 season under new manager Derek Shelton.

Kelly, 39, spent last season as the first-base coach for the Houston Astros, who lost to Washington in the World Series. His first stint as an MLB coach was working as a scout for the Detroit Tigers in 2017-2018.

“I am extremely humbled and excited to return to the Pirates as the bench coach,” Kelly said. “I share the vision and passion that (general manager) Ben (Shelton) and Derek have for the future for the organization. My family and I could not be more proud to return home to be a part of this next chapter of Pirates baseball.”

Kelly, a graduate of Butler High School who played collegiately as Point Point College, spent 16 seasons playing pro ball: the Pirates, Tigers and Marlins.

Kelly, an eighth-round selection by the Tigers in 2001, was twice named the Hart & Hustle Award winner for the Tigers in 2013-14. He appeared in 584 games in nine seasons where he played mostly in left field or third base.

In addition to to Kelly’s hiring, Cherington also said that Rick Eckstein will serve as hitting coach for the second straight year. Justin Meccage, who served as assistant pitching coach in 2018-19, will return in 2020, but his role has not been determined yet.


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