Piratefest 2011 – Backstage Blogger Q&A (2 of 2)

Click here to read part one. As the 7 p.m. General Public Q&A was starting to wind down, I made my way to side of the stage to meet up with Media Relations Coordinator Matt Nordby of the Pirates.  He was gathering the “nerd herd” of bloggers and online media to meet with Frank Coonelly, Neal Huntington, and a Pirates player backstage.  Present at the backstage event were myself, Charlie and Vlad from Bucs Dugout, Matt...

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Piratefest 2011 – General Public Q&A (1 of 2)

On Friday, I went down to the Convention Center to represent Pirates Prospects at Piratefest 2011. The goal was to take in the general feel of the event and sit in on the Question and Answer session at 7 pm with the general public, then go back stage at 7:45 for a special blogger Q&A with Frank Coonelly, Neal Huntington, and a Pirates player. Because of all the info gathered on Friday, I thought it would be best to break it up...

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Pirates Hire Clint Hurdle

The Pittsburgh Pirates have completed their manager search, and have hired Clint Hurdle, according to Jon Heyman of SI.  Hurdle’s deal is for three years, according to Ken Rosenthal. Rosenthal mentioned yesterday that the Pirates had increased their efforts to lock down Hurdle, who was believed to be a finalist for the New York Mets’ position.  John Perrotto had a great feature on Hurdle in the Beaver County Times,...

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Heyman: Pirates hire Hurdle

John Heyman of SI.com just posted the following tweet:

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Why is John Russell the manager?

John Russell has taken his fair share of criticism during his time as the Pirates’ manager, some of which has been justified. Despite the historic losing and the anger heaped down from the fanbase, he is still standing unfazed in the Bucs’ dugout. That, in itself, is a testament to why Neal Huntington chose him to lead this team.

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