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Pirates Hire Chambliss As Coach

December 24, 2001

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Former New York Yankees first baseman Chris Chambliss was hired Monday by the Pittsburgh Pirates as their minor league hitting instructor.

Chambliss, 51, replaces Milt May, who had been the minor league roving hitting instructor for the Pirates last season.

After five seasons as hitting coach for the Yankees, Chambliss managed the Florida Marlins Triple-A Calgary last season. He also was hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals under Joe Torre.

As a player, Chambliss hit .279 over his career with 185 home runs and 972 RBIs. He won the World Series with the Yankees in 1977 and 1978 and was AL Rookie of the Year with the Cleveland Indians in 1971.

As roving hitting instructor, Chambliss will go to spring training with the Pirates and then spend the summer visiting the minor league teams and working with players.

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