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Pirates Manager Search: John Gibbons Removes His Name

Jen Langosch writes that former Blue Jays manager and current Royals bench coach John Gibbons has removed his name from candidacy. The Pirates’ manager job isn’t the best one in the world, but it isn’t entirely clear to me why he’d pass it up to stay the bench coach in Kansas City – unless he feels the Bucs job really just isn’t for him. Anyway, it might be for the best: although his former players have downplayed the problems in the Blue Jays clubhouse while he was there, Gibbons made news by picking actual, physical fights with two of them. He might not be a bad guy, but if the Pirates kept losing, the Pittsburgh press would be very quick to paint him as one.

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