Oscar Marin, 37, a young choice for Pirates’ new pitching coach

Oscar Marin, 37, a young choice for Pirates’ new pitching coach
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 08: Jameson Taillon #50 of the Pittsburgh Pirates sits in the dugout before heading to the bullpen with pitching coach Ray Searage #54 before the game against the New York Mets at PNC Park on June 8, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH — During their search for a pitching coach, it was believed the Pirates were willing to look past a candidate's limited major league experience if they felt they were the right fit. It turned out they are doing just that.

The Pirates are replacing former pitching coach Ray Searage with Rangers bullpen coach Oscar Marin, a 37-year-old who never played professionally and has one year of MLB coaching experience.

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The hire was confirmed by the team Tuesday morning.

Marin just completed his first season in the majors. Like new bench coach Don Kelly, he has a player development background, serving as the Mariners minor league pitching coordinator from 2017-2018. Before then, he spent six seasons as an instructor in the Rangers farm system from 2010-2016 and five years in the high school and collegiate ranks from 2005-2009.

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