Pirates give Russell another year
The Pirates organization announced on Saturday that manager John Russell’s contract option for 2010 has been exercised.
Russell, 48, is coming off his first season at the helm in Pittsburgh, which also was his first season as a Major League manager. He replaced outgoing manager Jim Tracy and became the 38th manager in the organization’s history.
Though improvements weren’t noted in the Pirates’ final record (67-95), management has lauded the way players responded to Russell’s methods as a manager.
“JR met or exceeded expectations in his first year as the Pirates manager,” general manager Neal Huntington said in a release. “His club worked hard to play the game properly and battled from the first out until the last His leadership, knowledge, attention to detail, ability to see the big picture and passion for things being done the right way made him the ideal choice as our manager a year ago and made the decision to pick up his option for 2010 an easy decision.”
Russell will be available for comment after today’s workout, which is scheduled to end around 12:30 p.m. ET.