Manager Notes: Wedge, Porter, Gibbons

Gibbons is seen as a serious candidate for the Pirates' job.

A few updates on the manager search:

-Eric Wedge was officially named the manager of the Seattle Mariners today, after rumors broke over the weekend that Seattle had settled on Wedge as their next manager.

-Bo Porter, who interviewed with the Pirates, has emerged as the front runner for the Florida Marlins’ open position, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.  Porter is considered a strong teacher of fundamentals, and a good candidate to develop the young players in Florida.

-As for the remaining Pirates’ candidates, ESPN’s Buster Olney says that John Gibbons is regarded as a serious candidate for the Pirates’ manager position.  The Pirates have interviewed Wedge, Porter, and Gibbons, along with Jeff Banister, Ken Macha, Carlos Tosca, and Dale Sveum.  They are also expected to interview John Samuel and Jose Oquendo.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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