Gregg Ritchie was named Pittsburgh's Hitting Coach on November 24, 2010. The 2012 season marks Ritchie's seventh with the Pirates organization, having also served as the minor league hitting coordinator for five years (2006-2010). During that time, Gregg was instrumental in the development of some of Pittsburgh's young stars, including Andrew McCutchen, Jose Tabata, Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez. Prior to joining the Pirates, Gregg spent 10 years as a hitting coach in the Chicago White Sox minor league system. While part of their development staff, Chicago's minor league teams advanced to the playoffs numerous times and captured a Double-A Championship with Birmingham. The White Sox also won the 2005 World Series, sweeping the Houston Astros in four games. He began his coaching career with Bristol in the Appalachian League in 1996. After two seasons with Bristol, Ritchie moved on to Class-A Hickory (1998) and Class-A Winston-Salem (1999). Gregg spent a majority of his tenure with the White Sox coaching the Double-A Birmingham club, where he spent four seasons (2000-2002, 2005). He represented the White Sox at the Southern League All-Star Game in 2002 as his Barons went on to lead the circuit with a .269 batting average and 220 stolen bases. Gregg began the 2003 campaign at Birmingham before moving up to the Triple-A Charlotte club when Hitting Coach Greg Walker was promoted to the Major League team on May 19. That year, Charlotte led the International League in home runs (139) and slugging percentage (.432), while ranking second in batting (.281). During his tenure with Birmingham, Ritchie helped propel the team to a franchise and Southern League record of six consecutive playoff berths.
Originally selected by San Francisco in the eighth round of the 1986 June Draft, Ritchie spent seven seasons as an outfielder in the Giants farm system (1986-1992). He led the California League with 118 runs scored while playing with San Jose in 1988 and was named to the Midwest League All-Star team in 1987 after posting a career-high .337 average and 41 stolen bases at Class-A Clinton. Ritchie also played two seasons (1993-1994) with the Monterrey Industrials of the Mexican League and wrapped up his 10-year playing career in 1995 when he spent time with Triple-A Oklahoma City in the Texas organization, Tabasco of the Mexican League and with the Brother Elephants in Taiwan.
Gregory Allen Ritchie...Wife's name is Kelly...Has four children; daughters Kaetlin (20), Riley (14) and Arizona (12) and son Logan (18)...Is a 1982 graduate of North Stafford (VA) High School, where he played baseball, football and basketball...Played four seasons of collegiate baseball at George Washington University, graduating in 1986...Was an All-American outfielder and was voted to the University's All-Century team...Was also elected to GW's Athletic Hall-of-Fame in 1999, joining other notables such as Red Auerbach, Steve Korchek, Sam Perlozzo, Mike Toomey, John Castleberry and John Flaherty...Operates his own baseball school, "The Starting Lineup," in the offseason (instructs hundreds of students annually from elementary school through professional players)...Owns KaeLo Sports Inc., a company built around products that Gregg invented and patented including "The Hitter's Seat" and "The Pitch."