John Russell has endured a great deal of losing baseball with the Pirates - ZumaPress

On Wednesday morning, Ron Cook wrote the following about John Russell:
 
One of this city's great sports mysteries is how Russell got the Pirates' job in the first place. Something must have made Coonelly leave their interview, rush to Nutting and scream, "We've found our guy! This is the man we have to have!" But what? Please, tell me. What? Russell's strategical brilliance? Haven't seen much of that. His communication skills with the players? Not good, I hear. His passion for the game and fire in the dugout? Yeah, right.
 
I wouldn't say that I agree or disagree with any of this, but I think Cook is missing the true reason that Russell is managing the Pirates. And Cook is not the only ...

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