While I was out…

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

A few miscellaneous items that I wanted to make sure weren’t missed while I was gone on a quick vacation:

  • Former Pirates third base coach Tony Beasley has been named the new manager for the Nationals’ Double-A team in Harrisburg. Beasley was under contract with the Pirates through 2011, but Clint Hurdle did not keep him on the Major League coaching staff.
  • The Cardinals have dealt Brendan Ryan to the Mariners, thereby eliminating another potential shortstop option for the Pirates. At this point, it’s hard to see where Pittsburgh is going to look for an upgrade at short. Ryan would have been a tremendous defensive option, but he’s now out of the mix like J.J. Hardy and Jason Bartlett. As the days go by, it looks more and more like Ronny Cedeno will be the team’s Opening Day shortstop.
  • Don’t forget that the 1960 World Series Game 7 special will be televised on MLB Network at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The DVD of the game with interviews is available for purchase. Details can be found here.
  • Former Pirates hitting coach Don Long interviewed for the Mets’ hitting coach position, but he did not get the job. It was announced on Monday that Dave Hudgens will be New York’s next hitting coach.

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