The Pirates Have Fired Ray Searage and Tom Prince

In an expected move, the Pirates have parted ways with pitching coach, Ray Searage, and bench coach, Tom Prince.

Four days after former Pirate manager, Clint Hurdle, was fired, the team has parted ways with members of Hurdle's staff, Ray Searage and Tom Prince. 

Searage, pitching coach under Hurdle, was best known for being instrumental in the career revivals of pitchers such as A.J. Burnett, Francisco Liriano, J.A. Happ, and Edinson Volquez. While he has received praise for those reclamation projects, he's also drawn criticism for failing to have as similar, positive impact on young pitchers who have come through the system such as Gerrit Cole, Tyler Glasnow, Jameson Taillon, and now Mitch Keller. 

Shortly after after Clint Hurdle was fired, Ray Searage indicated that he was expecting to get his walking papers as well. Searage served as pitching coach for the full nine years under Hurdle.

Tom Prince, formerly a player for the Pirates, became the bench coach in Pittsburgh in October of 2016. He is well-liked by players and I've seen his name floated as a potential candidate to take over as manager.

These were both expected moves as the front office would like the new manager to select his own staff.