Friday, November 2, 2007

Less Sexy Managerial News

The Torre to L.A. and Girardi to New York stories are exciting and all, what with the playoff implications and dynastic overtones, but those aren't the only teams who will have new managers in 2008. In case you forgot, the Pittsburgh Pirates need a new boss too. No one knows who it will be yet, but there's one guy not getting interviews:

As of Thursday, [Ken] Macha said that he had not been contacted by the organization regarding the managerial opening, though that's not to say that the former A's manager is not interested.

"I do have interest in managing again, and I've lived here my whole life," said Macha, who makes his home in Murrysville, Pa., just east of the city. "I know Pittsburgh as well as anybody. It obviously wouldn't be coming to Pittsburgh, it would be being here."

You know, my law firm often looks to geographic connection when assessing associate candidates because we want to make sure anyone we hire is going to be happy hanging around Ohio and not want to jump ship to Chicago or something. This, however, is the first time I've heard of a managerial candidate for a Major League Baseball team making such a pitch.

It may not be a dumb pitch, though. Given the Pirates' typical brand of idiocy, I can totally see them picking Macha over a superior candidate simply because they wouldn't have to pay moving expenses.


Pete Toms said...

I'm a believer in the speculation that the Bucs have been using revenue sharing $$$$ to pay down team debt to increase it's value in a sale. Spending it on the draft or FA's abroad or veterans might help, no?

Pete Toms said...

Latest Bucs managerial buzz is John Russell, who had a really crappy job this year managing the last season of our AAA franchise here in Ottawa, is the new guy in Pittsburgh.