The Post-Gazette’s Phil Axelrod says that “Frank Coonelly confirmed yesterday the Pirates plan to name a new manager at a news conference Monday.”
The Beaver County Times’ John Perrotto speculates that Jim Tracy’s successor might be John Russell, currently the manager of Triple-A Lehigh Valley in the Phillies’ organization, and former Pirate third base coach.
It won’t be Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell.
As Wilbur said and Charlie echoed, who’s managing the team right now isn’t of the utmost importance. It’s necessary to rebuild the minor-league system over the next couple of years; we should be more concerned with who’ll be replacing Brian Graham and Ed Creech in the Pirates’ front office. Worry about the big-league manager in 2010 when we might sniff .500 if all goes well.