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Brad Fischer joined manager Clint Hurdle's Major League coaching staff on Nov. 5. In addition to his responsibilities on the bench and in the clubhouse, Fischer will also work with the big-league catchers.

Now in his sixth season with the Pittsburgh organization, Fischer served as the Minor League field coordinator the last three years after spending the 2011 campaign as an advisor to player development.

Fischer returned to the Pirates in 2011 after serving as the Brewers third base coach in 2009-10. He was Pittsburgh's Minor League catching coordinator and the manager at short-season State College in 2008.

Prior to joining the Bucs in 2008, Fischer spent 29 seasons in the Oakland organization, 12 at the Major League level. After serving as the Athletics bullpen coach in 1996 and first base coach in 1997, he returned to bullpen in 1998 and spent five seasons there. He was the first base coach again for three years (2003-05) before spending his final two years in Oakland as the bullpen coach.

Signed by Oakland as a non-drafted free agent prior to the 1978 season, the former catcher played one full season with Bend in 1978 and was limited to emergency situations with Madison in 1983 and 1984.

Fischer began his 12-year managerial career with Class A Medford in 1980. He captured the Northwest League championship and Manager-of-the-Year honors after guiding Medford to a 42-28 regular-season record in 1981. Fischer skippered Madison to the Midwest League title in 1982 and a playoff appearance in 1984. He managed at Double-A Huntsville for three years (1985-87) and took his team to the playoffs each season, winning the Southern League championship in 1985.

His managerial career in the Oakland system came to an end with a three-year stint with Triple-A Tacoma (1988-1990), where he reached the postseason his final season. Fischer has posted a 761-726 record and nine winning seasons in his 12 years as a Minor League manager (.512 winning pct.). He was also a Minor League instructor for the Athletics (1991-93) in addition to spending the next two seasons as the assistant director of player development.

PERSONAL: Bradley James Fischer ... Wife's name is Mary ... Has four children; sons Dan (32) and Ryan (20) and daughters Kelly (29) and Katie (25) ... Is a 1974 graduate of Blissfield (MI) High School ... Attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo and earned a B.S. degree in Industrial Education ... Hit .352 with 34 RBIs in 40 games as a senior before signing with Oakland.

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