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Bucs add to coaching staff
PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates named former big-league catcher John Baker their director of coaching and player development Tuesday.
General manager Ben Cherington announced the hire on Tuesday, the latest step in an organizational shuffling that’s designed to help end the Pirates’ freefall. Pittsburgh finished last in the NL Central in each of the last two years.
The 39-year-old Baker comes to the Pirates from the Chicago Cubs, where he spent the last five seasons in baseball operations.
Baker played for three teams during his seven-year major league career spanning from 2008-14, hitting .247 with 14 home runs and 120 RBIs in 359 games for the Marlins, Padres and Cubs.
MLB honors top managers
Miami’s Don Mattingly won the NL Manager of the Year award on Tuesday night, and Kevin Cash of Tampa Bay won the AL honor of the same name.
Mattingly guided the Marlins to their first playoff appearance since 2003 despite dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak that paused their season and ravaged the roster.
The Marlins’ 31-29 record was Mattingly’s first winning season in his fifth year with the club. The former big league first baseman and AL MVP had a winning record in each of his five seasons as the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Cash guided Tampa Bay to an AL-best 40-20 record during the pandemic-shortened season.
Cash, who turns 43 on Dec. 6, hit .183 with 12 homers and 58 RBIs in 246 major league games as a catcher for five teams, including Tampa Bay. After his playing career ended, he worked as an advance scout for Texas and Toronto before joining Terry Francona’s staff in Cleveland.
The Associated Press