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Joe Kerrigan is in his second season as the Pirates Pitching Coach, having been named to the position on October 20, 2008.

In total, Joe has spent 19 seasons as a coach in the Major Leagues, 13 as a Pitching Coach.

In his first season with the Pirates, the pitching staff lowered its ERA from 5.08 in 2008 to 4.59 and issued close to 100 fewer walks compared to the year before.

Kerrigan spent the 2008 season as a baseball analyst for Comcast SportsNet and WBCB Radio covering the World Champion Phillies in his home town of Philadelphia.

After serving as a special advisor to New York's Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Cashman in 2005, Kerrigan served the Yankees as the Bullpen Coach for two seasons (2006- 07). Prior to joining the Yankees, he spent two seasons (2003-04) as the Pitching Coach with Philadelphia. Kerrigan also spent parts of five seasons as Pitching Coach with Boston (1997-2001), until he succeeded Jimy Williams as the 42nd manager in Red Sox history on August 16, 2001.

During his tenure in Boston, his pitching staffs compiled an 823-687 record while Pedro Martinez captured two Cy Young Awards (1999 and 2000). Boston also led the American League in ERA, shutouts and strikeouts, while allowing the fewest hits, walks and runs in 1999. In his stint as manager of the Red Sox, Joe posted a 17-26 record.

Kerrigan began his coaching career as the Bullpen Coach for manager Bill Virdon with the Montreal Expos in 1983, a position he held for four seasons before working as a Pitching Coach in Montreal's minor league system for five years. During those five years, Kerrigan served as a coach with Double-A Jacksonville (1987), Triple-A Indianapolis (1988-1990) and Double-A Harrisburg (1991).

From 1992 thru 1996, Kerrigan served as Pitching Coach with the Expos, where his staff posted the second-best ERA (3.25) in 1992, led the National League with a 3.56 ERA in 1994 and finished in the top five in ERA four times.

A right-handed pitcher during his playing days, Kerrigan spent parts of four seasons in the majors with Montreal (1976-77) and Baltimore (1978 and 1980). Originally selected by the Expos in the first round (10th pick overall) of the January 1974 draft, Kerrigan made his big league debut with Montreal on 7/9/76. He recorded the first two wins of his Major League career on 9/8/76 at St. Louis, winning both ends of a doubleheader. Kerrigan also led the 1977 Montreal staff with 11 saves and ranked second on the team in appearances (66) behind Will McEnaney (69).

Joe played his final game in the Major Leagues with the Baltimore Orioles on 4/12/80. He spent the 1981 season with Triple-A Indianapolis (Reds) and split the 1982 season between Triple-A Oklahoma City (Phillies) and Triple-A Denver (Rangers).

Joseph Thomas Kerrigan...Wife's name is Abigail...Has two children; son Joseph (11/1/76) and daughter Kelly (3/21/78)...Is a 1971 graduate of Father Judge High School, where he played baseball and basketball...Attended Temple University for two years on a baseball and basketball scholarship...Played on Owls' baseball team which finished in a third-place tie in the 1972 College World Series...His son was an infielder who was selected by the Red Sox in the 46th round of the 1999 June draft; he played in the Boston organization for three years (1999-2001) and was a New York-Penn League All-Star with Lowell in 1999 (Joe Jr. also played in the Independent Northern League in 2002-2003)...His brother, Tom, was a catcher in the Philadelphia organization from 1962-64 and his brother, Ed, has spent the last 48 years as a high school and collegiate umpire in eastern Pennsylvania.

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