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Report: Gibbons drops out of Pirates search

Posted on: October 21, 2010 5:56 pm
John Gibbons
In what doesn't seem like a good sign for the appeal of the manager's job in Pittsburgh, John Gibbons has dropped out of the race to lead the last-place Pirates in order to remain in the No. 2 job for the last-place Royals.

The Kansas City bench coach, who managed the Blue Jays from mid-2004 to mid-2008, was looking like the possible front-runner to replace John Russell, but Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports (via Twitter) that Gibbons will stay put. And it seems unlikely that he's just waiting for the big job in Kansas City, as the Royals didn't pick him when they fired Trey Hillman early last season, and Ned Yost has a contract through 2012.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Thursday that the Pirates' search could be on hold until the Yankees are eliminated so they can talk to bench coach Tony Pena, a former Pirates catcher. Other know Pirates candidates are Dale Sveum, Carlos Tosca, Jeff Banister, Bo Porter and Ken Macha.

-- David Andriesen

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