Strittmatter joins Hurdle’s staff
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.