John Russell Fired, Neal Huntington Retained

The Pittsburgh Pirates have fired manager John Russell after a weekend full of speculation on the move.  Neal Huntington has said that the search for Russell’s replacement will begin immediately.

For my thoughts on the move, check out my post from when the speculation began this weekend.

Dejan Kovacevic has a statement from Neal Huntington on the move.

UPDATE 12:11 PM: More from DK (in the link above): Neal Huntington has been retained.  Also, DK mentions a few replacement candidates for Russell.  According to Chuck Finder, Eric Wedge is a possibility, while DK says that people shouldn’t invest too much time thinking about Ken Macha.

Wedge would make a lot of sense.  He was the manager for the Cleveland Indians during their rebuilding years, and Huntington was in the Cleveland front office during those seasons.

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