John Gibbons No Longer A Candidate

John Gibbons, the Kansas City Royals bench coach who had interviewed for the Pittsburgh Pirates manager position, is no longer a candidate for the vacant position.  Gibbons was rumored to be a serious candidate earlier in the week, but apparently the Pirates have ruled him out of the race already. The Pirates have interviewed seven people, although two are now eliminated.  Gibbons joins Eric Wedge, who accepted the Seattle Mariners...

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Manager Notes: Wedge, Porter, Gibbons

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...

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Eric Wedge to the Mariners

According to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, the Seattle Mariners have settled on Eric Wedge as their next manager.  Wedge was seen as the favorite for the Pittsburgh Pirates open spot, and with him off the market, the race seems wide open. Currently the Pirates have interviewed seven candidates, including Wedge.  The other candidates are: Jeff Banister - Interim Pirates bench coach. Ken Macha – Former Brewers manager. Dale...

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Manager Notes: Gibbons, Samuel, Oquendo

Some manager updates for today… -The Pirates officially interviewed John Gibbons, making him the third manager candidate interviewed.  Gibbons is the bench coach of the Kansas City Royals, and was the former manager of the Toronto Blue Jays from mid-2004 to mid-2008.  Gibbons had some run ins with players, some of which are detailed here by Jon Heyman. -Chuck Finder reports that the Pirates are also expected to interview John...

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