Heberto Andrade is in his 13th season as the Pirates Bullpen Catcher. His daily responsibilities include catching pitchers' bullpen sessions prior to games and warming up pitchers during the games. He also observes what pitchers are doing mechanically and has regular communication with the Bullpen Coach and Pitching Coach.
Herbie also throws to the hitters during batting practice on a daily basis. Andrade spent three years (1986-88) as a catcher in the Chicago Cubs farm system and also played professional baseball in Venezuela, Italy and Colombia before retiring as a player in 1996.
In addition to his duties with the Pirates, Heberto has spent the last 20 years as a coach and catching instructor during the Venezuelan Winter League. He has participated in the Caribbean World Series four times as a player and once as a coach.
Herbie was one of two catchers used in the 2006 All-Star Game Home Run Derby, which was held at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on July 10. Andrade and his wife Maria reside in Venezuela and have four daughters; Heberit (25), Maria Jesus (19), Maria Jose (18) and Mariangel (17), along with one grandson, Andres (3).