A 23-41 start isn't what the Pirates hoped for in a season that would graduate its best prospects to play alongside youngster Andrew McCutchen.
And yet, that's exactly what happened.
The Pirates were supposed to be better than ever in Year 3 of general manager Neal Huntington's regime, but even with a few new exciting players, it's more of the same.
It makes sense, then, that Huntington's future has been called into question with the team along with manager John Russell. Huntington and Russell are on pace for the worst winning percentage in the three years the two have been together in Pittsburgh. And everyone knows that the manager's head rolls first.
Pirates president Frank Coonelly said the team is not holding internal discussions about Russell's future with the team, but FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says that's not what he's heard.
There's already been two dismissals this season: Baltimore sent Dave Trembley packing for interim manager Juan Samuels while Kansas City dispatched Trey Hillman and brought in Ned Yost.
If Russell and his squad don't turn it around once heralded prospect Pedro Alvarez arrives Wednesday , Russell may find himself in the unemployment line.
-- Evan Brunell
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