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Pirates Interview Matt Quatraro and George Lombard for Open Manager Position


According to Ken Rosenthal from The Athletic, the Pittsburgh Pirates interviewed Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro for the vacant managerial position.

Rosenthal notes that at least six candidates have already interviewed for the job, and other reports have indicated that the Pirates have an interest in interviewing Joe Espada, who is currently with the Houston Astros in the World Series. There is also a report that the Pirates will (or have by now) interview Stubby Clapp.

Quatraro is the new name here though. He was the bench coach for the Rays this year, after serving as their third base coach last year. Prior to that, he spent four seasons (2014-17) as the assistant hitting coach for the Cleveland Indians. Quatraro was the minor league hitting coordinator for the Rays from 2010 until 2013. He was a minor league manager for the Rays from 2006 to 2009, following two years of coaching/instructing in the system. Quatraro began his time in pro ball as a player for the Rays from 1996 until 2002.

UPDATE: George Lombard has also interviewed for the manager spot according to Craig Mish. Lombard played six seasons in the majors, ending his playing career in 2009. He has since managed two seasons in the minors with the Boston Red Sox in the GCL (2011-12) as his only managerial experience. The rest of his time since playing has been spent as a minor league field coordinator (2013-15) and then as the Los Angeles Dodgers first base coach since December of 2015.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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