Pirates fire Curve manager Michael Ryan
Michael Ryan, the most successful manager in Curve history, has been fired today by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Ryan just finished his third season with the Curve, compiling a 69-71 record this year with a team that had very few prospects.
He won the Eastern League title in 2017 and reached the playoffs again last year.
“I don’t know what to say right now. I’m just sort of confused,” Ryan the Mirror on Tuesday afternoon.
“I wasn’t even aware that my job was in jeopardy.”
Ryan won more games than any Curve manager, going 221-197, and recently won the 500th game of his minor league career. The Indiana, Pa., native was 501-466 overall in seven years, all with the Pirates’ system.
“They just said there would be more detail later on. They just wanted to make sure I knew right away,” Ryan said.
“There are some things as far as relaying the Pirate culture and different off the field things I could have done better at as far as meetings and things they want done.”
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