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Giants surprisingly hire Pat Burrell as San Jose hitting coach

Amid so much change around the Giants organization, there will be one more familiar face. And bat.

Pat Burrell will be High-A San Jose’s hitting coach, the team announced Monday, as the former Giants outfielder makes a surprise return to a professional clubhouse.

Burrell, whose 11-year career finished in 2011, goes back to his roots as he’s a Bellarmine College Preparatory graduate. Since retiring, Burrell has been a special assignment scout and NBC Sports Bay Area analyst.

Late in their careers in Tampa, Burrell and new Giants manager Gabe Kapler were teammates, though a source said Kyle Haines, the director of player development, identified Burrell as a hitting mind he wanted to bring into the dugout.

Burrell will work alongside manager Dennis Pelfrey and pitching coach Matt Yourkin. The 43-year-old hit 292 home runs in a career that featured two World Series championships, including 2010’s with the Giants.


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