This year’s winner of the Chuck Tanner Memorial Award is Pirates Pitching Coach Ray Searage. During his 5 year career in that capacity, Searage is considered most responsible for the success of Pirate pitchers.
In particular 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. This year’s success story includes J.A. Happ – 7-2 since coming to the Bucs mid-season.
Searage is a former relief pitcher who played at the major league level for the New York Mets (1981), Milwaukee Brewers (1984–1986), Chicago White Sox (1986–1987) and Los Angeles Dodgers. He played college baseball at West Liberty State College, and signed with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1976.