Tuesday, October 5, 2010

That Didn't Take Long...

The Pirate beat writers report that the Pirates interviewed former Indian skipper Eric Wedge, 48, today. Wedge was Cleveland's manager while Neal Huntington was in their front office.

Craig Calcaterra of Hardball Talk said in his post: "Wedge would be a perfectly fine choice for the Pirates. He has experience taking over a young team and helping them through the growing pains. Say what you want about some of those Indians teams, but the kids generally liked Wedge and the ship stayed level. The real problems came up when people, you know, actually expected something out of the Indians. Wedge was not good in that situation, but it's a situation that the Pirates won't be facing for some time."

Chuck Finder of the Post Gazette added that the Pirates have contacted Juan Samuel, 49, a current Oriole coach and interim manager until Buck Showalter was hired.

Rob Biertempfel's Tribune-Review article said that Phil Garner has "expressed interest" in the opening.

He also said that "the Pirates will announce who has been interviewed after each session is complete, but will not make any further comment."

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