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Former Pirates third-base coach succeeds Tracy as manager

Updated: November 5, 2007, 6:45 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- John Russell is a humble guy who spent much of his career in the minors. He lacks a marquee name or a big-time resume, and he was fired as a coach two years ago by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Is this really the best person that very same Pittsburgh team could find to become its new manager -- someone the club's previous leadership let go?

Pirates president Frank Coonelly and general manager Neal Huntington insisted Monday that's exactly why ...

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