Pirates Search For Manager Slows

Tony Pena

The Pirates might delay until the postseason ends before accelerating their search for a manager.

After firing John Russell on Oct. 4, the Pirates talked to seven candidates in a 10-day span. However, no one has interviewed since a week ago today.

"The managerial search is an ongoing process," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Wednesday. "We continue to do due diligence on candidates and are considering additional interviews."

Eric Wedge dropped off the Pirates' list Monday when he was hired by the Seattle Mariners. That leaves John Gibbons, Dale Sveum, Carlos Tosca, Jeff Banister, Bo Porter and Ken Macha.

Indications were that former Arizona manager A.J. Hinch was to have been the final person interviewed for the vacancy this week. Now that Wedge no longer an option the front office may expand its search.

Last month the San Diego Padres selected Hinch as vice president of professional scouting.

New York Yankees bench coach Tony Pena has been mentioned as a likely candidate for several managerial jobs. But, Pena, a former Pirates catcher, cannot talk to other teams until New York's postseason run is over.

Pena, 53, made his major league debut in 1980 and played seven seasons with the Pirates. He retired in 1997.

Pena managed the Kansas City Royals from 2002-05. His best season with the Royals was 2003 when the Royals went 83-79 and finished third in the AL Central.

There are other possibilities from playoff teams, Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle, Giants bench coach Ron Wotus and Yankees third base coach Rob Thomson are in the mix for some of the managerial openings.

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