Rob Biertempfel writes that the Pirates could be waiting for the playoffs (and possibly the World Series) to finish before continuing with their manager search. They haven’t interviewed anyone in a week, and they can’t interview potential candidates, such as Tony Pena of the Yankees, until after their teams are out of the playoffs. So it’s possible the Pirates have completed their search except for candidates like Pena who they can’t talk to yet. What I’d expect is that we won’t hear much about this until right after the World Series, when one or two more candidates will be interviewed, and then the Pirates will make their decision sometime in early November.
For what it’s worth, Pena has said he’s interested in managing the Pirates, and there’s been a lot of speculation about him. Giants bench coach Ron Wotus is also interested. There have been no indications I’ve seen that the Pirates are interested in either candidate, but that doesn’t mean much at this point.