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Pirates Pirates offer Jewett Nashville job

Wednesday, October 23, 2002

By Robert Dvorchak, Post-Gazette Sports Writer

The managerial job at Class AAA Nashville is open, and it has been offered to former Pirates third-base coach Trent Jewett.

Jewett managed the Pirates' Class AAA club for five years before he was promoted to third-base coach June 6, 2000, to replace Jack Lind. In the club's recent reorganization, Jewett was one of the coaches slated for reassignment, but it is undetermined if he will go back to his old job at Nashville.

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Pirates officials refused to comment on Jewett's status yesterday when the managerial and coaching assignments for the minor-league clubs were announced. Marty Brown, who managed at Nashville the past two seasons, decided to pursue other options instead of taking another minor-league assignment.

Jeff Banister has been named minor-league field coordinator. He held that position with the Pirates the past two seasons, but that spot has been eliminated and the responsibilities assigned to other coaches.

One of the additions in the minor-league system is former Pirate John Wehner, who was named coach at Altoona under Manager Dale Sveum. Wehner, a Carrick High School graduate, ended his playing career midway through the 2001 season. He played parts of 11 seasons in the majors and was a member of the Florida Marlins' World Series-winning team in 1997.

Also brought in by Brian Graham, the director of player development, were three coaches who previously worked in the Marlins' system. They are Jeff Andrews, the pitching coach at Altoona; Matt Winters, the coach at Hickory; and Ray Searage, the pitching coach at Williamsport.

"All of the people coaching and teaching at the minor-league level are very good baseball people who have the same vision, same approach and same game plan," Graham said. "They will continue what we started."

The Pirates' minor-league teams had the second-best combined record among the 30 organizations, and 19 minor-leaguers made All-Star teams, six more than the next-highest organization.

The minor-league assignments include:

Nashville (AAA): Manager to be announced. Jay Loviglio, who coached at Altoona last season, is the new coach with Darold Knowles returning for his third season as pitching coach.

Altoona (AA): Dale Sveum returns for his second season as manager. Wehner is the new coach with Andrews the new pitching coach.

Lynchburg (A): Dave Clark, the Pirates' hitting coach the past two seasons, is the new manager with Pete Mackanin, who held the job last season, joining the major-league staff. Jeff Livesey returns as coach with Scott Lovekamp, who schooled pitchers at Hickory last season, as pitching coach.

Hickory (A): Tony Beasley returns for his second season as manager. Winters is the new coach with Bob Milacki, who was at Altoona last season, the pitching coach.

Williamsport (A): Andy Stewart returns for his second year as manager. Ramon Sambo returns as coach with Searage the new pitching coach.

Bradenton (Rookie League): Woody Huyke returns as manager for his 27th season after his best year. Greg Briley, who was with Hickory last season, is the new coach with Miguel Bonilla returning as pitching coach.

Robert Dvorchak can be reached at bdvorchak@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1959.

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