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...

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Russell to be Fired Tomorrow?

There has been speculation this weekend that Pittsburgh Pirates manager John Russell will be fired next week.  Dejan Kovacevic mentioned that the Pirates are not expected to bring Russell back, and could dismiss him at the start of next week.  Two more reports have come out tonight to say something similar. Jim Bowden tweeted tonight that Russell has been fired, along with Milwaukee Brewers manager Ken Macha (which is fitting, because...

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Pirates to Fire Russell, Retain Huntington?

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...

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Interview with Brian Leach

Brian Leach was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 25th round of the 2008 draft out of the University of Southern Mississippi.  Leach got off to a strong start in State College after signing, with a 3.98 ERA in 54.1 innings between the rotation and the bullpen.  Leach made 32 appearances in West Virginia in 2009, with 12 starts, putting up a 2.96 ERA in 109.1 innings.  Leach was moved to the rotation full time in 2010, where he...

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Pirates Let Walbeck Go

Cory Giger reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have let Altoona Curve manager Matt Walbeck go.  Walbeck was fresh off being named the Eastern League manager of the year, along with leading Altoona to the Eastern League championship.  Walbeck mentioned he wanted to move up from the AA level, but the Pirates didn’t make that opportunity available to him. There was a lot of talk that Walbeck could be a candidate to replace John...

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