Pirates fire first base, pitching coaches.
Monday, September 29, 2008

The Pirates this morning fired pitching coach Jeff Andrews and first base coach Lou Frazier after each had one season on the job as part of manager John Russell's staff.

Andrews, 39, oversaw a pitching staff that had a 5.08 ERA, third-highest in Major League Baseball and fifth-highest in franchise history. Its 657 walks were second-most in the majors and the most in franchise history. The starting pitchers had a stunning 33 wins, fewest in the majors, an average of one victory every turn through the rotation.

Andrews' successes included overseeing Paul Maholm's breakout season and the return to the majors of Sean Burnett in a relief role. Each credited Andrews with his success in various aspects.

But the greatest blemish, without a doubt, was the combined regression of Ian Snell and Tom Gorzelanny, a factor the front office blamed time and again for the team's inability to have its pitching match its hitting in the first half.

"Anytime you fail at a task, there are going to be consequences," Andrews said. "This was the ultimate consequence."

Of his work, he said, "I'm proud of what Maholm and Burnett and others accomplished. I'm proud of what Zach Duke did, even though I didn't have anything to do with it. I was happy to see him find a way to stay healthy and make his pitches the way he did down the stretch."

Frazier, 39, worked first base in addition to being the team's outfield instructor.

Read more details in the PBC blog.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
First published on September 29, 2008 at 10:20 am