By Jason Shetler
The Pirates have announced that Joel Hanrahan has been hired to serve as the assistant pitching coach for the West Virginia Black Bears.
Hanrahan pitched seven seasons in the big leagues, with his best work coming with the Pirates. During his four years in Pittsburgh, he posted an ERA of 2.59 along with a 151 ERA+ and was named an All-Star in 2011 and 2012.
Prior to the 2013 season, the Pirates dealt Hanrahan to the Boston Red Sox for a package that included Mark Melancon. Hanrahan underwent Tommy John surgery in 2013. He attempted to make a comeback for the 2015 season, as he signed with the Detroit Tigers. Unfortunately, he had another Tommy John procedure done, and was released by the Tigers in Spring Training that year. Hanrahan announced his retirement in November of last year.