Frank Coonelly, a senior vice-president and chief labor negotiator for Major League Baseball has been selected as the new CEO of the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to Chuck Greenberg, a Pittsburgh-based lawyer whose group owns three successful minor league clubs. As reported by The AP:
"As a Pittsburgh guy and a Pirates fan, I would have loved being part of turning the franchise around and seeing the Pirates win championships again," said Greenberg, whose group owns the Pirates' Double-A Altoona and Class A State College farm clubs. "But I wish Frank Coonelly only the best."
[Ken Rosenthal of] Fox Sports initially reported Saturday that Coonelly was Pittsburgh's pick.
"It is premature to make any formal announcement relating to our search for a new team president because it would be unfair to the other candidates," [controlling owner Bob Nutting] said in a statement Tuesday. "As I have stated in the past, Frank Coonelly would be an exceptional choice. He is an extremely bright, very capable and a well respected baseball executive. His experience and leadership would be very well suited for the president's role. The Pirates would be extremely fortunate to have him."
As I reported yesterday (Sizing Up Coonelly to the Pirates), the selection will certainly be interesting and infuse some much needed new blood into a Pirates organization which is on the cusp of its 15th losing season.
The AP article has extra background not within my article yesterday that should be of interest to those tracking the hiring.
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