Dec. 17: The Pirates have announced Marin’s hiring, adding that Justin Meccage has been named the team’s new bullpen coach. The 39-year-old Meccage was a Yankees draftee back in 2002 and has been with the Pirates organization in various capacities since 2011. He spent the 2018-19 seasons as Pittsburgh’s assistant pitching coach, so he’ll bring some continuity to a largely restructured big league staff.
Dec. 16: The Pirates will hire Oscar Marin as pitching coach, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Marin will take over for the much-ballyhooed Ray Searage, whom the Pirates parted with after last season, and will clearly be a key hire for rookie manager Derek Shelton.
Still just 37 years old, Marin only has one season of major league coaching experience under his belt. That came in 2019, when he served as the Rangers’ bullpen coach. Before that, Marin was the Mariners’ minor league pitching coordinator for two years (2017-18) and a longtime assistant in the minors for the Rangers, with whom he initially worked from 2010-16.
Now in his first stint as a big league pitching coach, Marin will oversee a staff which struggled in 2019. Unfortunately for Marin, the Pirates’ group of pitchers doesn’t look to be in great shape heading into 2020. That could be all the more true if the team – led by new general manager Ben Cherington – elects to trade right-hander Chris Archer.