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Phil Garner Interested In Job, But No Contact From Pirates

The Trib reports that former Pirate Phil Garner is interested in being the Pirates’ manager, but he hasn’t heard from the Bucs about the job:

“If I’m on their list, I’ll hear from them,” he said Wednesday from his home in Houston. “But if you’re not on the list, that means you haven’t turned their head. In that case, there’s no sense lobbying for it” …

“I have a special place in my heart for the Pirates,” he said. “I’ll always be a Bucco. That was my shining moment as a player, when we won the World Series in 1979. But that’s not a reason for them to look at me (as a managerial candidate).”

I agree with Phil Garner. The Pirates should find the best possible person, and hiring a new manager should not be used as a mere excuse to look backward.

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