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Pirates managerial race heating up

The Pirates managerial race is certainly heating up the hot stove. Here is the latest:

  • Despite clinching the NLCS, Giants bench coach Ron Wotus has expressed interest in managing the Pirates. Wotus is certainly looking for a managerial gig, and could draw interest from the Mariners, Marlins, or Blue Jays. It is unclear if any teams have tried to contact him, or can contact him because he is in the postseason right now.
  • Former Brewers manager Ken Macha interivewed for the Pirates job today, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Macha was fired by the Brewers after the 2010 season, but is regarded around the majors for his work with the Athletics several years ago.
  • The Pirates also interviewed bench coach Jeff Banister, who has been with the franchise for 25 years. Banister would be a good in-house candidate who die-hard Pirates fan may be excited for, but in terms of filling up more seats he may not be the answer.