Roy Smith returns to Pirates special assistant

Updated: November 1, 2006, 8:34 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Roy Smith returned to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday as a special assistant to general manager Dave Littlefield.

Smith, an assistant GM in Pittsburgh from 1998-04, spent the last two seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers as vice president of scouting and player development. He worked in 2005 with Jim Tracy, then the Dodgers' manager and now the Pirates' manager.

Smith, a former pitcher with the Indians, Twins and Orioles, joined the Pirates as an amateur scout in 1994. He was Pittsburgh's interim general manager for a month in 2001 after Cam Bonifay was fired and before Littlefield was hired.

The Pirates also hired Tony Beasley as their minor league roving infield instructor. He was the third base coach for Washington Nationals manager Frank Robinson last season.

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