Pirates name Baker director of coaching, player development

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have named former big-league catcher John Baker their director of coaching and player development.

General manager Ben Cherington announced the hire on Tuesday, the latest step in an organizational shuffling that’s designed to help end the Pirates’ freefall. Pittsburgh finished last in the NL Central in each of the last two years.

The 39-year-old Baker comes to the Pirates from the Chicago Cubs, where he spent the last five seasons in baseball operations.

Baker played for three teams during his seven-year major league career spanning from 2008-14, hitting .247 with 14 home runs and 120 RBIs in 359 games for the Marlins, Padres and Cubs.

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