Searage Believes Communication is Key

Pirates coach says sharing ideas leads to success.

Jeff Hathhorn
March 21, 2018 - 2:39 pm
Ray Searage

93.7 the Fan

Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage seems to enjoy talking and wants his pitchers to do so as well.  Searage believes that’s big for his staff.

“I encourage talking,” Searage said.  “I really do.  I encourage talking to each other out there.  That’s how I learned.  It’s not my way or the highway, it’s our way.  Whatever works.”

And that includes guys from other teams sharing ideas or bullpen guys talking to starters.  That also includes veterans being willing to share their knowledge to the young guys.

Searage shared a story of how George Kontos started using A.J Schugel’s grip on a change-up with early success, getting a strikeout and weak ground ball. 

“I’m like what?  What are you doing?  And Kontos said ‘Schugel is going to be (upset).  Now I have a change-up just like him’.  So now he’s in a good spot.”

That is because of communication.  One area of conversation Searage does not engage in with his current pitchers; the competition behind them.

“I don’t bring that up,” said the Pirates eighth year pitching coach.  “I don’t think I need to.  These guys are mature enough to know what happening and know that every time you look back, that guy gets closer.  They are always looking forward and looking how they can improve in order to make themselves the best of the best in the major leagues.”

Searage believes this group is on board, saying they are “awesome” to talk to and be around.  And while different personalities, they all believe in the same foundation.

“We have the want to, so that’s a good thing,” Searage said.  “We can do it, so that’s good to.  Now we have to just go do it.”