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Russell looks to O’s for job

Former manager John Russell could have another job before the Pirates even hire his replacement.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Russell on Friday interviewed with the Baltimore Orioles for a spot on manager Buck Showalter’s coaching staff. The Orioles need a bench coach and a third base coach. Those two coaches also could handle the duties of infield instructor and catchers coach. Russell was a catcher during his playing career.

The Pirates fired Russell on Oct. 4 and have not yet named a replacement. The two finalists are Clint Hurdle, who also has interviewed for the Mets’ manager job, and Jeff Banister.

Among the other candidates for a spot on the Orioles’ coaching staff is former Pirates coach/minor league instructor Rich Donnelly.

3 Comments

  1. The Pirates might as well hire comedian Bill Murray — at least he’d be good for a few laughs every game. Seriously, the front office is so completely clueless about baseball fundamentals that a little improv comedy couldn’t hurt the team’s

  2. If John Russell makes it as a coach for the Orioles, good luck to him. Just don’t ask him to make any intelligent decisions. He sure didn’t make many with the Buccos.

  3. So the pirates have secretely hired a new manager already. They will announce it in July.

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