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Pirates notebook: Hitting coach Ritchie takes position at GW

| Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, 7:32 p.m.

Hitting coach Gregg Ritchie will leave the Pirates to become baseball coach at George Washington University, multiple sources confirmed Wednesday. The move comes seven weeks after Ritchie told the Tribune-Review he was not interested in the GW job.

After the Pirates wrapped up their season Wednesday, Ritchie would not comment on his status other than to say “there is mutual interest” between him and GW.

The university is expected to announce Ritchie's hiring Tuesday.

“You check out where you're at with some things and you say, ‘Hey, let me think about it,' ” Ritchie said.

“I love these guys here (with the Pirates) and I believe they can get it done. It's a tough decision, either way.”

Ritchie was an All-America outfielder at GW and was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Year as a senior in 1986. He was inducted into the school's athletic hall of fame in 1999.

This was Ritchie's seventh year with the Pirates' organization. He was minor league hitting coordinator from 2006-10 and joined the big league club last season.

• McCutchen was a unanimous choice by local media as winner of the Roberto Clemente Award as the Pirates' most valuable player in 2012. A.J. Burnett was named the team's most outstanding pitcher. Voting was conducted by members of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. McCutchen also won the Clemente Award in 2009. Jason Grilli won the Chuck Tanner Award, which goes to the player who is most cooperative and helpful with the media. Garrett Jones won the Pirates' unsung hero award, which recognizes reliable, consistent achievement on the field.

• McCutchen, Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout are the finalists for player of the year at the annual Players Choice Awards. McCutchen also is a finalist for National League most outstanding player. The winners will be announced at 8 p.m. Nov. 5 on MLB Network.

• Home attendance this season was 2,091,918, the second time it topped 2 million since PNC Park opened in 2001 and the fourth time in franchise history.

• Jack Wilson, who retired last week, said he plans to attend PirateFest this winter and also will volunteer as a special instructor for the Pirates during 2013 spring training.

— Rob Biertempfel

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