Pirates Fire Hitting Coach

Jeff Branson & Jeff Livesey let go

Jeff Hathhorn
October 01, 2018 - 4:56 pm

93.7 the Fan

PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) – A day after ending a fourth winning season in 26 years, the Pirates fired their hitting coach on Monday.

Five years with the Bucs, Jeff Branson and Assistant Hitting Coach Jeff Livesey will officially “not be returning” in 2019.

The Pirates were sixth in the National League in batting average, 10th in runs and 13th in homers.  The Bucs did have the fewest strikeouts in the N.L.

“We appreciate all of the time, energy and effort that Jeff and Jeff put into the team,” said General Manager Neal Huntington in a statement.  “Both are high-character, hard-working, good baseball men. We felt that this was the right time to take our Major League hitting program in a different direction.”

The 51-year-old Branson was a manager in the Pirates minor-league system for five years before joining the Major League staff.  Branson spent 10 years in the majors with the Reds, Indians and Dodgers.

Livesey was also in his fifth season with the Pirates and 16th with the organization.  Livesey once managed the Gulf Coast League Pirates.

The Pirates claim no additional changes to the Major League coaching staff are expected.