Russell’s contract extended

The Pirates extended manager John Russell’s contract through 2010 this morning. This gives Russell some stability as he begins his second season at the helm. Said general manager Neal Huntington:

JR met or exceeded expectations in his first year as the Pirates manager. His leadership, knowledge, attention to detail, ability to see the big picture and passion for things being done the right way made him the ideal choice as our manager a year ago and made the decision to pick up his option for 2010 an easy decision. I look forward to working closely for him for years to come as we build a consistent championship caliber organization in Pittsburgh.