Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage has one year remaining on his contract and both sides would like to continue their existing relationship if at all possible. Searage said, “I’d love to retire as a Pirate,” as Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. However, GM Neal Huntington understands that a lucrative offer could pry the pitching guru out of Pittsburgh. He went as far as to call Searage “special”.
Cook notes that the Pirates have used Searage’s tutelage as a sales pitch in bringing new pitchers to the club, including Jon Niese, Kyle Lobstein, Ryan Vogelsong, Neftali Feliz, and Juan Nicasio. Searage has previously been credited with turning around the careers of Francisco Liriano, Edinson Volquez, and J.A. Happ, among others. He also aided in the success of Gerrit Cole and Arquimedes Caminero.
Searage was named the interim pitching coach for the Pirates in August 2010 after the club let Joe Kerrigan go. He gained the official title of pitching coach in the following offseason. The Pirates’ staff ERA, starting with his first full season in 2011, has been: 4.04, 3.86, 3.26, 3.47, and 3.21.