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 Russell as the next manager in Pittsburgh.  A lot of that speculation came from two things: the desire by many of Russell being fired after the 2010 season, and the success the Altoona Curve had this season under Walbeck.

The lack of a reason surrounding the move has led to a lot of speculation.  The fact that Walbeck won a title with Altoona this year leads to a...

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