Both Jon Heyman and Ken Rosenthal posted tweets today regarding the manager search for the Pittsburgh Pirates. As you would hope, it sounds like a lot of names are being considered and it won’t be a rushed decision.
Heyman tweeted earlier about the fact that the Pirates are wide open in their search for a manager, noting that Jeff Banister and Derek Shelton are often linked to the job.
Two names most often linked to Pirates job are ex Rangers manager Jeff Banister and Twins hitting coach Derek Shelton. However, they are said to seem “wide open” in their approach
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 9, 2019
Rosenthal brought up a new name in Mike Bell, who is the Farm Director for the Arizona Diamondbacks. As Rosenthal points out, Bell has already interviewed for two managerial positions in the past. He would provide an interesting match-up against his brother in Cincinnati. Obviously the two teams have had some issues recently, but I doubt that wouldn’t factor into the managerial decision. Bell’s grandfather is Gus Bell, who played right field for the Pirates from 1950 until 1952.
#DBacks farm director Mike Bell will interview in-person with #Mets for managerial vacancy, sources tell The Athletic. #Pirates also doing background work on Bell, who is the younger brother of #Reds manager David Bell. Mike, 44, interviewed with #Rangers, #Orioles last winter.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 9, 2019
If anything else managerial comes up today, we will add it here.
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