The Pittsburgh PIrates have named Altoona Curve manager Joey Cora as their infield/third base coach and former Curve manager Tom Prince as bench coach, the Pirates announced on Saturday morning.
Prince managed the Curve to a 74-68 record in 2015 as the team made its first postseason appearance since 2010. He spent the 2016 season as the Pirates' minor league field coordinator. Prince played 17 seasons in the majors, including seven with the Pirates, and 11 seasons as a manager in Pittsburgh's minor league system. 2017 will mark his first season as a major league coach.
Cora took over as the Altoona manager for the 2016 season, compiling a 76-64 record as the team made its second consecutive appearance in the Eastern League playoffs. A former American League All-Star and a veteran of 11 MLB seasons as a player, Cora spent nine seasons as a major league coach with the Chicago White Sox and Miami Marlins from 2004-2012.
Prince and Cora join a staff that includes former Altoona pitching coach Ray Searage (2006-07), who has been the pitching coach for the Pirates since 2011. Former Curve manager Dale Sveum (2001-03) is currently the hitting coach for the Kansas City Royals, and former manager Tim Leiper (2006-08) is the first base coach for the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Pirates have not yet announced a new Altoona manager for the 2017 season.
Season tickets and mini plans for the 2017 Altoona Curve season are currently on sale. For more information, stop by the offices at Peoples Natural Gas Field, visit AltoonaCurve.com or call 877.99.CURVE.