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10/20/2008 11:18 AM ET
Pirates name Joe Kerrigan pitching coach
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The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced that Joe Kerrigan has been named pitching coach for the Major League Club. The announcement was made by Pirates Senior Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington along with Field Manager John Russell.

Kerrigan, who spent the 2008 season in Philadelphia as a pre and postgame radio/TV personality covering the National League Champion Phillies, served the New York Yankees as bullpen coach for two seasons (2006-07) after working as a special advisor to Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Cashman in 2005. Prior to joining the Yankees, Kerrigan spent two seasons (2003-04) as the pitching coach with Philadelphia. He also spent parts of five seasons in the same capacity with Boston (1997-2001), until succeeding Jimy Williams as the 42nd manager in Red Sox history on Aug. 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.

"Joe Kerrigan brings to the Pirates, a long and successful track record of developing and maximizing the performance of the pitchers on his staff," said Huntington. "His teaching ability, work ethic and game planning will pay immediate dividends. Joe's passion, knowledge and experience will make a quality impact on our organization."

Kerrigan began his coaching career as the bullpen coach 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. From 1992-96 Kerrigan served as pitching coach with the Expos, where his staff posted the second-best ERA (3.25) in 1992, led the N.L. with a 3.56 ERAin 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 July 9, 1976. A native of Philadelphia, Kerrigan attended Temple University.

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