The Pirates hired Dave Jauss as a major league scout. Jauss formerly worked as bench coach for the New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles. He was a candidate for the Pirates’ manager job in 1997, but the team instead hired John Russell. Sometime in the next week or so, the Pirates will announce other hirings of scouts and minor league coaches. The list could include one name that might surprise you. (More on that if/when it becomes official.)
»»» The Winter Caravan will be held Dec. 13-15 and will visit 16 communities in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. Five groups of players and coaches will make stops in Pittsburgh, Uniontown (Dec. 14), St. Mary’s (Dec. 14), Latrobe (Dec. 14), Morgantown, W.Va. (Dec. 14), Erie (Dec. 14), Johnstown (Dec. 14), DuBois (Dec. 14), State College (Dec. 15), Altoona (Dec. 15), Weirton, W.Va./Steubenville, Ohio (Dec. 15), North Fayette (Dec. 14), Charleston, W.Va. (Dec. 15), and Indiana (Dec. 15). Of the 29 events on the tour, 11 are listed as “private,” including both events on the first day which are open only to season-ticket holders. The 22nd annual PirateFest will be held Dec. 17-18 at David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown.