Ex-reliever Tekulve rejoins Pirates as advance scout

Updated: February 14, 2006, 5:00 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Kent Tekulve, the star reliever on the Pittsburgh Pirates' 1979 World Series championship team, is rejoining the team as its major-league advance scout.

Tekulve will travel ahead of the team to watch future opponents -- a role the Pirates filled in recent seasons by relying on scouting agencies and statistical services, rather than a traveling scout.

Tekulve is Pittsburgh's career saves leader with 158 from 1974-85. He pitched in 1,050 career games with the Pirates, Phillies and Reds before retiring after the 1989 season.

Tekulve also worked in the Pirates' community relations office for a season, was a Phillies TV analyst for seven seasons and served as general manager of the Washington Wild Things of the independent Frontier League in 2002-03.

A year ago, Tekulve auditioned for a radio and TV analyst job for Pirates games that later went to former infielder John Wehner. Tekulve begins his new job March 1.

In another move Tuesday, the Pirates released right-hander Joe Roa, who had been invited to spring training as a non-roster player.

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