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John Gibbons removes himself from Pirates’ manager search

Oct 22, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

John Gibbons

John Gibbons was one of seven candidates the Pirates interviewed to replace John Russell as manager, but Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that he’s removed his name from consideration for the job and will remain the Royals’ bench coach.

Gibbons was one of six finalists for the gig because the seventh candidate Pittsburgh interviewed, Eric Wedge, opted to take the Mariners’ job, although some reports have suggested that the Pirates are also waiting to interview a coach currently involved in the playoffs, such as Tony Pena of the Yankees.

Gibbons had all kinds of good things to say about the Pirates and his interest in the job earlier this week, so pulling out of consideration seems odd. In addition to Gibbons and Wedge, the Pirates have also interviewed Jeff Banister, Ken Macha, Bo Porter, Dale Sveum, and Carlos Tosca.

  1. BC - Oct 22, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Breaking news: I have also removed myself from consideration for the Pirates’ managerial opening.

    • doctorfunke - Oct 22, 2010 at 1:00 PM

      I’m still in. My interview with the Brewers fell through.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Oct 22, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    He knows the stars will align with the Royals next season, and wants to stick around for their 110-52 fated winning record in 2011. I can’t blame him!

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