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Pirates fire manager John Russell after 299 losses in 3 years

Oct 4, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

As expected, the Pirates just announced that they’ve fired manager John Russell following a 105-loss season and 186-299 (.384) overall record in three years on the job.
However, general manager Neal Huntington will keep his job despite being hired just a couple months before Russell and of course being responsible for choosing the manager. Not surprising, since the manager almost always goes before the general manager in situations like this.
Pittsburgh has gone through six different managers during their current 18-year streak of losing seasons, with Russell joining Jim Leyland, Gene Lamont, Lloyd McClendon, Pete Mackanin, and Jim Tracy. Interestingly, both Leyland and Tracy took teams to the playoffs after leaving the Pirates.

  1. Alex Poterack - Oct 4, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Tracy didn’t take a team to the Series; Clint Hurdle was managing the Rockies when they went.

  2. RedBurb - Oct 4, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    What team did Tracy take? He managed the Dodgers and the Rockies to the playoffs last year, but they didn’t make the Series.

  3. Trevor B - Oct 4, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Huntington has brought in some young talent, but he still isn’t a very good GM at bringing a balanced club to the ball park. He needs pitching and he needs some core players who can anchor a team.

  4. c - Oct 4, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Clint Hurdle was fired after starting the season 18-28. Tracy took over and led them to the playoffs. I think he won manager of the year that year as well.

  5. Steeler Fan in Germantown - Oct 4, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    Until the Pirates open the wallet and start investing in the team, it will be another 18 years before they have a winning season.
    How long can they continue to develop players and, when they begin to shine, trade them away for losers?
    How long can they expect the fan base to support them when they don’t give a rats-behind how badly they look year after year? In other words, screw the fans !!
    There needs to be more changes than just the field manager. The GM should be shot as well. Finally, there needs to be a philosophical change in the front office, all the way to the ownership.
    If this continues and the fans stop coming to games, don’t be crying…….you’ve did it to yourself.

  6. Materialman - Oct 4, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    They could have at least waited until he lost 300……

  7. yfrjk - Oct 4, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    The Pirates are beyond awful, and have been for a long, long, long, long time. They have a great park, and that’s the only reason they shouldn’t be run out of Pittsburgh. 105 games. Unimaginable, except for the Pirates. The city and the region deserve better. AND, next year they’re going to be equally bad if not worse. It’s sad. The 2010 Pirates are the worst Pirate team in my lifetime. And I used to shag flies for Honus Wagner.

  8. mustbechris - Oct 5, 2010 at 8:37 AM

    Pete Mackanin did too, if you count being the bench manager for the Phillies…either way, I can’t ever blame a losing season in Pittsburgh on that team’s manager. You could’ve made the headline simply say “scapegoat”.

  9. thepittsburghkid - Oct 5, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    The only way they will be any better next year is if they get “real” pitching. McDonald and Ohlendorf are a start and from there I fell you need to fill 3 spots in the rotation. How exactly is that going to happen? Free agency and trades I guess along with a couple younger guys (Lincoln, Morton) having to step it up and show they belong.
    Whomever is the new manager will have to figure out the road record problems and quickly turn that around. I couldn’t be happier Russell was let go, I blame him for over all effort and demeanor of the team. Some talent was finally in place and we still had little offensive output or effort according to score.

  10. Cincy Sam - Oct 5, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    I don’t think they are too interested in winning in the front office. They are making too much money by being last. Until there is some incentive for them to do better, they will not. They have all of the lowest paid players they can get, and when a star is asking for more money, he is traded. Too bad for PGH. fans. All MLB fans deserve more. I don’t think it will happen in steel town until the rules change, and they have to get better.

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