Ray Searage is in his fifth full season as the Pirates Pitching Coach. He joined the Major League staff on October 17, 2009 and was named interim Pitching Coach on August 8, 2010 after Joe Kerrigan was relieved of his duties. Ray was officially named Pitching Coach on November 24, 2010.
The 2015 season marks Searage's 38th in professional baseball and his 13th with the Pittsburgh organization. Over the last two seasons, the Pirates pitching staff has posted the fourth-lowest ERA (3.37) in the Major Leagues while holding opponents to the second-lowest batting average (.242) among N.L. teams.
Searage was the guiding force behind Francisco Liriano being named Comeback Player-of-the-Year in 2013 as the lefthander went 16-8 with a 3.02 ERA in his first year with the Pirates after going 6-12 with a 5.34 ERA the previous season. Ray also worked with Edinson Volquez, who went 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA in 2014 after going 9-12 with a 5.71 ERA in 2013.
Searage spent seven seasons as a Pitching Coach at various levels within the Pirates minor league system, most recently with Triple-A Indianapolis in 2008-2009. He also served in the same capacity with Double-A Altoona (2006- 07), Class-A Hickory (2005) and Rookie-League Williamsport (2003-2004). During his tenure with the Bucs, he also served as a coach during the Arizona Fall League in 2006 and again in 2008. In addition, he spent the 2009 off-season working as the Pitching Coach for Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League and did so again in 2010 until he was named Pitching Coach of the Bucs.
Prior to joining the Pittsburgh organization, Ray spent the 2000 and 2001 seasons as the Florida Marlins Minor League Pitching Coordinator. He also served as Pitching Coach with Orlando (Devil Rays' AA) for three years prior to joining the Marlins. Searage began his coaching career in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system, working as a Pitching Coach with Madison (1994), Peoria (1995-1996) and Prince William (1997).
Originally selected by St. Louis in the 22nd round of the 1976 June draft, Searage made his Major League debut with the New York Mets on 6/11/81. Ray picked up his first Major League win at Wrigley Field in Chicago while making his third career appearance on 8/11/81; in the same game he singled off Dick Tidrow in his first big league plate appearance. Later in the 1981 season, he earned his first save after nailing down a 5-3 Mets victory over the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh on September 9.
Searage pitched a total of seven big league seasons with the Mets (1981), Brewers (1984-86), White Sox (1986-87) and Dodgers (1989-90) and compiled an 11-13 record, 11 saves and a 3.50 ERA in 254 games (all in relief). He finished his professional pitching career with Edmonton (Angels' AAA) in 1992.
PERSONAL: Raymond Mark Searage...Wife's name is Vicki...Has three sons; Raymond II (10/16/80), Ryan (11/23/82) and Robbie (4/25/88)...Is a 1973 graduate of Deer Park High School on Long Island, NY...Played baseball, basketball and ran cross country while in high school...Also played baseball at West Liberty State College in West Virginia.