Is Wedge the favorite as the next Pirates manager?
The Pittsburgh Pirates have started their search for a new manager today, interviewing former Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge. According to Rob Biertempfel, Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington flew from Florida to Pittsburgh to interview Wedge, and will stay in town the rest of the week to interview at least one more candidate.
There's a lot of speculation that Wedge could be the favorite, and this only adds to that speculation. Wedge was the manager of the Cleveland Indians from 2003-2009. Neal Huntington was working with the Cleveland front office from 2003-2007, so the two obviously have a connection with their prior experience working together.
Wedge seemingly has the advantage of working with Huntington prior to Huntington joining the Pirates. He's also the first to be interviewed, which might say something, especially since Huntington returned from Florida to conduct the interview. It's hard to think that h...
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