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Former Pirate Bell joins Bucs as new hitting coach

Club also adds Sofield, Jauss as first-base, MLB instructors, respectively

The Pittsburgh Pirates named 1990s fixture Jay Bell their hitting coach on Wednesday, one of three additions to manager Clint Hurdle's staff.

Rick Sofield was named first-base coach and Dave Jauss was named a Major League coach. Former first-base coach Luis Silverio has become a senior advisor to Latin American operations.

Bell, who turns 47 in December, played 18 seasons in the Majors from 1986-2003. Most of those were in Pittsburgh, where he spent eight seasons from 1989-96. He hit .269 with 78 home runs for the Pirates, and hit .265 lifetime.

Turning 56 in December, Sofield managed at Class A West Virginia in the South Atlantic League this season. Jauss, 56 in January, was a special assistant to general manager Neal Huntington this season, after serving as a bench coach for the Dodgers, Orioles and Mets from 2006-10.

Evan Drellich is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich.
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