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Bucs hire four new Minors coordinators

Bucs hire four new Minors coordinators

PITTSBURGH -- On Monday, the Pirates announced the hiring of four new Minor League coordinators, including former big league infielder Steve Lombardozzi.

Lombardozzi replaces Carlos Garcia as the organization's Minor League fielding coordinator. Garcia was hired as the Pirates' first base/infield coach earlier this offseason. This will be Lombardozzi's first professional coaching job, as he has been coaching youth baseball since retiring in 1990. Lombardozzi spent parts of six seasons in the Majors, primarily as a second baseman.

The Minor League pitching coordinator post will be filled by Jim Benedict, who shifts into the role after serving as a special assistant to general manager Neal Huntington last year. Benedict, who is replacing Troy Buckley, has previous experience as a pitching coordinator with the Expos (1994-98) and Dodgers (1998-2000).

The organization's other two coordinator additions include Bernie Holliday (mental conditioning) and Anthony Telford (personal development). Holliday joins the Pirates after spending the past six years as a sports psychologist in the U.S. Army. Telford previously worked as a pitching coach for the independent Aiken (S.C.) Foxhounds.

The Pirates also confirmed that the following coordinators will be returning in 2010: Jeff Banister (field), Gregg Ritchie (hitting), Kimera Bartee (outfield and baserunning) and Euclides Rojas (Latin American field).

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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