Triple-A pitching coach Joel Hanrahan leaving Pirates to ‘look for other opportunities’

Less than two months after being named the organization’s minor league coach of the year, Joel Hanrahan announced Wednesday on Twitter that he is leaving the Pittsburgh Pirates.

A two-time All-Star closer who pitched for the Pirates from 2009-12, Hanrahan was the pitching coach for their Triple-A affiliate in Indianapolis last season. Hanrahan began his coaching career with short-season Bristol in 2017 and has served as a pitching coach at Low-A West Virginia in 2018, Double-A Altoona in 2019 and at the alternate training site at Altoona in 2020.

“After 5 years coaching with the Pirates I have decided to move on and look for other opportunities,” Hanrahan wrote on Twitter. “Thank you to the Pirates for giving my first shot at coaching. I wish all the players, coaches and organization the best. I’m looking forward to a new challenge and opportunity.”

After 5 years coaching with the Pirates I have decided to move on and look for other opportunities. Thank you to the Pirates for giving my first shot at coaching. I wish all the players, coaches and organization the best. I’m looking forward to a new challenge and opportunity.

— Joel Hanrahan (@hanrahan52) December 15, 2021

The Pirates honored Hanrahan in October with the Danny Murtaugh minor league coach of the year, awarded to the minor league coach who made the biggest impact on the development of talent throughout the season. It is named in honor of the…

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