According to Jason Mackey, the Pittsburgh Pirates are hiring Andy Haines as their new hitting coach.
Per sources: Pirates hiring Andy Haines as hitting coach. Was previously the head guy with the Brewers. Also been with the Cubs, among other stops. Story to come.
— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) November 23, 2021
The 44-year-old Haines played college ball, then went right from playing to coaching, with his first hitting coach job coming during the 2005-06 seasons in independent ball. Prior to that he had two years of managerial experience in summer college ball. He took a manager job in 2007 in independent ball, then in 2008 he returned to a hitting coach position with the Florida Marlins in the minors. He remained in their system through 2015, but the last seven seasons were as a manager, before joining the Chicago Cubs as a minor league hitting instructor for the 2016 season. He had that role for two years, then became the Major League assistant hitting coach in 2018. In 2019, he became the hitting coach for the Milwaukee Brewers and held that job for the last three years. His time with the Cubs overlapped with John Baker, who is the director of coaching and player development for the Pirates.