September 2019 - Pittsburgh Pirates Wiretap

Pirates Will Retain Neal Huntington As General Manager

Sep 30, 2019 7:48 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates let Clint Hurdle go on Sunday, but they'll retain general manager Neal Huntington.

Huntington has held the job since 2007. He's the fourth-longest tenured GM in the Major Leagues.

The Pirates haven't won a division title since 1992.

"While we felt it was time to make a change at the managerial level, I strongly believe that Neal Huntington and the leadership team that he has assembled are the right people to continue to lead our baseball operations department," owner Bob Nutting said. "... Neal and his leadership team are well into an extensive review of every element of our baseball operations."

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Pirates Fire Manager Clint Hurdle

Sep 29, 2019 2:12 PM

The Pirates fired manager Clint Hurdle on Sunday.

"Words cannot express how much respect and appreciation I have for Clint as a person and a leader," GM Neal Huntington said in a statement. "He was the right person at the right time to take on the enormous challenge of leading our Major League team out of an extended losing streak and piloting us to three straight Postseason appearances. We will be forever grateful for his dedication to the Pirates organization on and off the field. This was an extremely difficult decision for us. As an organization, we believe it was time for a managerial change to introduce a new voice and new leadership inside the clubhouse.

"This has been a challenging season on many levels. We are committed to assessing and improving upon our operations at all levels in order to return Postseason baseball to Pittsburgh."

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Pirates Shut Down Chris Archer

Sep 16, 2019 7:37 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates are shutting down Chris Archer for the remainder of the season.

Archer was placed on the injured list August 21 after prematurely exiting a start the previous day with shoulder discomfort.

The Pirates hold a $9 million club option on Archer for 2020.

The right-hander posted a 5.19 ERA and 143 strikeouts in 119.2 innings this season.

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