Wednesday, November 07, 2007


Dear Pirates fan,

I am extremely excited to officially announce that we have hired John Russell as the new manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

John's hiring is another significant step in the process of changing the culture of this organization to a culture of pride, passion and excellence. Throughout the process it became clear that John was the top choice to lead our ballclub. His positive energy, intense passion for the game and strong managerial experience set him apart from every other potential candidate we considered. John has been extremely successful getting the most out of his players in his 10-plus years of managing.

During his Minor League managing career, John was a two-time Manager-of-the-Year and twice selected by Baseball America as a top managerial prospect. John is a great teacher of the game, an exhaustive communicator and tireless worker. He will hold himself, the coaching staff and our players accountable for being the most prepared and hardest working club in Major League Baseball. He will ensure that our players continue to improve at the Major League level and play with the pride and passion we, and you the fans, expect of them.

He brings a focused intensity to the managerial role and to our clubhouse. I am extremely confident in John and his abilities to manage our ballclub and instill in our players the sense of pride they should take in playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

He shares our vision of how we will return the Pirates to a consistent winner. Thank you for your continued support of the Pittsburgh Pirates.


Neal Huntington
General Manager, Pittsburgh Pirates

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