Dejan Kovacevic of the Post Gazette reports today that Bucco manager John Russell, according to DK's internal sources, will not be kept after the season, despite his top secret extension through 2011. Neal Huntington, he was told, will live to see another day.
DK expects the announcement to be made official early in the coming week.
Funny that the guy who couldn't win with a minor league/waiver wire roster would get the ax while the suit that collected those players escapes unscathed. Just more proof that if you can't fire the team, fire the manager (although Huntington did, in effect, fire the team he inherited in 2008).
Our feeling is that JR isn't exactly Miller Huggins, but he doesn't have the '27 Yankees to coach, either. We're a little surprised; more with the timing than the decision. We thought they'd keep him around one more season, just to provide the young players with a bit of a comfort zone.
Hey, nothing like a manager hunt to kick off the hot stove league. Hopefully, it won't distract from the roster moves that have to made after the season. The biggest problem in Pittsburgh wasn't on-field management as much as off-field player evaluation.