Curve looking for new manager again
From Mirror reports
For the second year in a row, the Altoona Curve, the Class AA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, are searching for a manager.
The Pittsburgh Post Gazette on Thursday reported that Altoona needs a manager because Dave Turgeon was let go without having managed a single game with the Pirates’ closest affiliate.
Turgeon lost his chance to manage the Curve when the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out the entire 2020 minor league season.
According to sources, Turgeon is no longer with the organization. After joining the Pirates in 2010, he had been their coordinator of instruction since 2015. He did this while also managing in the Arizona Fall League when he got the Curve job.
Turgeon was hired to replace Michael Ryan, who was the most successful manager in Curve history. Ryan went 69-71 in 2019, his final season, though the Indiana native won more than 500 games and two league titles as a manager in the Pirates minor-league system.
Ryan was supposed to manage Class AA Tennessee in the Cubs organization this past season.
The Pirates are also searching for a farm director and reports surfaced pointing out that Chicago Cubs applied mental skills coach John Baker is the frontrunner.
Baker, 39, is a former backup catcher who played with the Marlins, Padres and Cubs. He hit .247 in 359 games over seven years, his last coming in 2014.
After his playing career ended, Baker was hired as a baseball operations assistant with the Cubs.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported in late September that the Pirates had tweaked former farm director Larry Broadway’s role, changing his job within the organization.
“We need to identify what’s the leadership that gives us the best chance to be great at coaching,” Pirates general manager Ben Cherington told the Post Gazette.
And Cherington didn’t nail it down to being just a baseball guy either, that the Pirates were broadening their search off the field, too.
“I mean every aspect of coaching. It’s not just the people in uniform on the field; it’s everybody, all the other staff, collaborating with that group,” he said. “It’s how do we find the best possible coaches, continue to develop coaches, create the best environment for coaching to happen and ultimately (have) players get better?”