According to Dejan Kovacevic, the Pittsburgh Pirates are not expected to bring back manager John Russell, but are expected to retain General Manager Neal Huntington. There was a lot of speculation that Russell would be retained after Matt Walbeck was let go. That speculation was mostly following the speculation that Walbeck could replace Russell. I don't think the status of Walbeck really impacts the status of Russell, or says anything about that status.
I say this every time a manager move is discussed, but I believe the importance of a manager is grossly exaggerated. I think that managers get too much credit when a team has success, and too much blame when a team struggles. A lot of the outcry for Walbeck being fired was due to Altoona winning the 2010 Eastern League championship, to which I credit the level of talent on the team. On a similar note, I don't blame Russell for the team being this bad the last few years.
The Pirates have obviously been rebuilding. In 2008 a...
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