John Perrotto writes in two separate tweets that the Pirates might have paused their manager search so that they can talk to Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle, and that they don’t appear interested in Yankees bench coach Tony Pena. Hurdle managed the Rockies from 2002 to 2009 and was let go after a poor start that year, at which point he was replaced by former Pirates manager Jim Tracy, who led the team to the playoffs.
Do you ever get the sense that these manager switches are ultimately arbitrary? Tracy had to have been one of the worst managers in Pirates history, and the Bucs are now considering hiring the guy who he replaced in Colorado. The meaningless circle is complete!