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Pirates make coaching moves

The Pirates on Wednesday promoted Brad Fischer to major league coach, filling the vacancy created when bench coach Jeff Banister was hired as Texas Rangers manager.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle will not designate a specific bench coach for the 2015 season.

Fischer and Jeff Livesey are on the staff as major league coaches.

Fischer, 58, joined the Pirates in 2008. He has worked as the club’s minor league field coordinator, player development advisor, minor league catching coordinator and manager of short-season Class A when the team was in State College.

Also, coaches Rick Sofield and Nick Leyva will swap positions next season. Sofield will coach third base, and Leyva will move to first base. Leyva will continue as infield coach.

• Catcher Russell Martin was named the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award winner at catcher.

— Rob Biertempfel

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