Strittmatter joins Hurdle’s staff

November 25, 2010 | 11:46 am | 1  

Mark Strittmatter, the Rockies bullpen catcher the past eight seasons, has become an additional member of new Pirates manager Clint Hurdle’s coaching staff.

Strittmatter, who also was a catching instructor with the Rockies, will serve as the pitchers’ hitting coach with the Pirates and will assist the catchers and the hitting program. Hurdle hired Gregg Ritchie, who was Pittsburgh’s minor-league hitting coordinator the past five seasons, as the Pirates’ hitting coach.

Strittmatter, 41, was a member of the Rockies first June draft in 1992, taken in the 28th round out of Virginia Commonwealth. He spent nearly his entire nine-year playing career in the Rockies organization from 1992 through the middle of 2000 before finishing the latter season with the Padres’ Triple-A Las Vegas affiliate. Strittmatter played a total of 556 games in the minors, including 284 at Triple-A Colorado Springs.

He appeared in four games with the Rockies in September 1998 and went hitless in four at-bats in his only action in the majors.

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  • Karl | November 26, 2010 | 9:29 am

    Congrats to a good longtime member of the Rockies staff. I don’t know Strittmatter personally but a friend of mine does. It’s good to see a person keep advancing and hard work paying off.