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Pirates Fire Neal Huntington



The Pittsburgh Pirates are cleaning house, and they are starting form the top of the organization as they have fired executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, the team announced Monday.

Huntington, 50, had served as general manager of the Pirates since replacing Dave Littlefield after the 2007 season, and had two years left on his current contract.

Kevin Graves, the assistant general manager of the Pirates, will take over for Huntington on an interim basis.

The changes didn’t just include firings, but also some new additions as well, as the team announced the hiring of Travis Williams as the team’s new president. Williams will replace Frank Coonelly, who was fired last week.

Manager Clint Hurdle was fired back on September 29th, along with two other coaches later that week.

“I greatly appreciate Neal’s dedication to the Pirates organization and our city over the past 12 seasons,” Pirates chairman of the board Bob Nutting said in an official statement. “His time with the Pirates should always be remembered for ending a long stretch of futility and bringing Postseason baseball back to Pittsburgh.

“This past season was by far the most frustrating and challenging season that I have experienced as owner. It became clear to me as the season progressed that significant change was necessary in order to refresh our entire operations.”

“This is a homecoming for me, both personally and professionally,” Williams said in a statement. “It is a tremendous opportunity to come back to a city and a team that I love. I am excited about working with Bob and the rest of the Pirates family to return this franchise to a winning tradition.

“Today, we turn the page and start writing a new chapter in the history of the Pirates. We are committed to a refresh of our entire operations. The first step in this process is to immediately begin the search for new leadership of our baseball operations.”

There are sweeping changes coming to Pittsburgh, from the coaches to the organization, as the team looks to reverse the course of losing the past few seasons.


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Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.