Skip to content

Is Neal Huntington a dead man walking in Pittsburgh?

Sep 24, 2012, 9:23 AM EDT

Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates Getty Images

The Pirates are disintegrating as the season ends. Generically speaking that sort of thing is not necessarily on the GM. Usually that sort of thing gets a manager fired, whereas long-term ineptitude and a crappy roster get the GM fired.  But two data points suggest that Pirates GM Neal Huntington is on the outs.

First: That story about the SEAL training stuff from last week.  That reflects poorly on Huntington and his assistant Kyle Stark, and given that the story itself makes the point that neither the team owner or team president knew about the program suggests that, perhaps, someone close to them was putting that story out there.

Second: Over the weekend Huntington defended himself and the job he’s done, but made a conspicuous plea for the jobs of his underlings:

“If [owner] Bob [Nutting] or [team president] Frank [Coonelly] decide to make a change and they bring in a new general manager, that’s their call,” Huntington said. “I sure hope they don’t because I believe in the people we’re working with. I believe in what we’re doing, and I believe in how we’re doing it.”

Kind of gives one the vibe of a captain going down with the ship. Which has its own nobility to it, of course. But it does sorta seem like Huntington thinks he’s on the way out.

Latest Posts
  1. Wanna buy Jerry Dipoto’s house?

    Jul 2, 2015, 1:12 PM EDT

    Jerry Dipoto Jerry Dipoto

    It was for sale before he even resigned.

  2. Today is International Signing Day. Here’s what you need to know.

    Jul 2, 2015, 11:29 AM EDT

    Globe

    Basically you just need to follow Jesse Sanchez and Ben Badler, so here are the links you need to do that.

  3. Giants welcome back Matt Cain for first start in 12 months

    Jul 2, 2015, 10:47 AM EDT

    Matt Cain AP AP

    And place Tim Lincecum on the disabled list.

  4. Today is the day: Marlins ace Jose Fernandez returns from Tommy John surgery

    Jul 2, 2015, 10:15 AM EDT

    jose fernandez getty Getty Images

    Even after missing more than a year Fernandez returns to the Marlins’ rotation one month before his 23rd birthday.

  5. A-Rod, the Yankees and the union in talks to direct his $6 million home run bonus to charity

    Jul 2, 2015, 10:01 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Alex Rodriguez

    A possible win-win-win involving A-Rod and the Yankees? What on Earth is this world coming to?

  6. George Springer likely DL-bound after getting hit on the wrist

    Jul 2, 2015, 9:45 AM EDT

    George Springer Getty Images

    Spring is hitting .264/.365/.457 with 13 homers and 14 stolen bases on the year.

  7. Video: Anthony Rizzo slid sneakily into third base

    Jul 2, 2015, 8:56 AM EDT

    Screen Shot 2015-07-02 at 8.56.20 AM

    And the ump was in perfect position to make the right call.

  8. Victor Martinez on the Pirates: “I have no respect for no one on that team”

    Jul 2, 2015, 8:30 AM EDT

    Victor Martinez Getty Images

    He thinks Gerrit Cole hit him intentionally. He’s probably right.

  9. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 2, 2015, 7:22 AM EDT

    Carlos Carrasco Getty Images

    This is what your face looks like when you give up your first hit of the game with two outs in the ninth inning.

  10. Video: Joey Butler breaks up Carlos Carrasco’s no-hitter with two outs in the ninth inning

    Jul 1, 2015, 10:38 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Tampa Bay Rays Getty Images

    Carlos Carrasco had a no-hitter Wednesday with one strike to go. When this happened …

  11. Carlos Carrasco loses no-hitter with one out to go vs. Rays

    Jul 1, 2015, 10:05 PM EDT

    Carlos Carrasco AP

    We have some history in the works Wednesday night in Tampa Bay.

  12. Video: Manny Machado dives then chucks fadeaway throw to first to nab Shin-Soo Choo

    Jul 1, 2015, 9:32 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Boston Red Sox Getty Images

    You’re gonna want to see this play that Manny Machado pulled off in Wednesday night’s game …

  13. Jaime Garcia scratched from start with groin issue

    Jul 1, 2015, 8:47 PM EDT

    Jaime Garcia Jaime Garcia

    Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia was unable to perform scheduled throwing workouts on Saturday and Monday due to cramping in his left groin — the same issue that drove him from his last start Wednesday night against the Marlins.

  14. Bill Stoneman taking over as Angels’ interim GM

    Jul 1, 2015, 7:21 PM EDT

    angels logo

    Stoneman was the Angels’ general manager in 2002, when the the franchise won its last World Series championship.

Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. J. Hamilton (3578)
  2. M. Moore (3565)
  3. S. Matz (3453)
  4. H. Ramirez (3405)
  5. B. Harper (3368)
  1. G. Stanton (3254)
  2. M. Cain (3012)
  3. J. Ellsbury (2739)
  4. J. Fernandez (2616)
  5. M. Holliday (2538)