Bucs shopping for new hitting coach
Gregg Ritchie was the world’s worst hitting coach in April and May. Ritchie was the best hitting coach in June and July.
Today, Ritchie is George Washington University’s head baseball coach.
The “worst” and “best” designations are made tongue in cheek. The first two months of the season, the Bucs hit .218 as a team. The next two months, they led the Majors in scoring. So Ritchie’s reputation was as volatile as the team’s fortunes.
His acceptance of the GWU job had been an open secret for weeks. Now that it’s official, the Bucs join a growing list of Major League teams searching for a new hitting coaches.
Ritchie, 48, was a seven-year member of the Pirates organization and the big-league club’s hitting coach the last two seasons under manager Clint Hurdle.
In the week since the end of the regular season, numerous clubs have dismissed their hitting coaches: Seattle (Chris Chambliss), Kansas City (Kevin Seitzer), Colorado (Carney Lansford) and Philadelphia (Greg Gross).
“Coming back to George Washington brings my career full circle as in many ways this is where it all started for me,” Ritchie said in the statement released by George Washington U.. “I met my wife (Kelly) here at GW, and we both made a lifetime of extraordinary memories going to school and competing in the heart of the nation’s capital. To have this opportunity to coach at my alma mater and play our home games in the premier facility in the conference at Barcroft Park is extremely special.”