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10/17/2009 11:42 AM ET
Pirates Promote Ray Searage to Major League Coaching Staff; Announce Perry Hill Not Returning in 2010
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The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced that Ray Searage will join the Major League coaching staff for the 2010 season. The announcement was made by Neal Huntington, the Pirates Senior Vice President and General Manager.

Searage, 54, just completed his 32nd season in professional baseball - his seventh as a pitching coach in the Pittsburgh organization and his second as the Triple-A Pitching Coach in Indianapolis.

"Ray brings years of experience to our big league staff," said Huntington. "He not only has spent the last seven years working with the pitchers in our system, but he has over 30 years of experience as both a Major League pitcher and minor league pitching coach. His knowledge of the game in general, and the way he has handled our pitchers coming through the system, will further strengthen our coaching staff at the big league level."

Searage began his coaching career in the St. Louis minor league system in 1994 after playing a total of seven big league seasons with the Mets (1981), Brewers (1984-86), White Sox (1986-87) and Dodgers (1989-1990). He joined the Pittsburgh organization as the Pitching Coach with Williamsport in 2003. After spending two seasons in the New York-Penn League, Searage also served in the same capacity with Hickory (2005) and Altoona (2006-07) before joining Indianapolis.

The 57-year-old Hill spent the 2009 season as the First Base Coach and Infield Instructor for the Pirates. It was his 15th season as a coach in the Major Leagues and his 25th season as a coach in professional baseball.

"We made an aggressive attempt to bring Perry back, including exercising his option for the 2010 season and offering to restructure and extend his contract. Despite these efforts, Perry has decided that he does not want to coach," said Huntington. "We respect Perry's decision, appreciate his service to the organization and remain open to Perry returning to the organization if and when he desires to coach again."

Note: Ray Searage has been added as a full time coach at the major league level with an emphasis on pitching. The Pirates have also begun their search for a first base coach to replace Perry Hill.

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