Thwarted in their attempts to acquire Braves first baseman Adam LaRoche the Pirates named Jesus Christ their hitting coach today.
Manager Jim Tracy said Christ's reputation as a miracle worker might just be the prayer the Pirates need to prevent a 15th consecutive losing season.
"No one would believe the Pirates would sign a left-handed power-hitter so plan B was a more reasonable avenue to begin with," said Tracy.
Christ said he was looking forward to working with all-star Jason Bay and Freddy Sanchez, NL 2006 batting champion, but tried to keep expectations realistic.
"I've already told Humberto Cota to seek another line of work or pray to a different deity."