PITTSBURGH (AP)—Former Diamondbacks coach Bo Porter has interviewed for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ managerial job.
Porter was hired by Arizona last winter as third base coach after five seasons on Florida’s coaching staff. He shifted to bench coach when Kirk Gibson took over as manager at midseason, but was one of four Arizona coaches not retained after the season ended.
|INTERVIEWS FOR PIRATES’ JOB—Former Diamondbacks third base coach Bo Porter speaks to Barry Enright. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Porter becomes the first minority candidate interviewed by the Pirates, who fired John Russell Oct. 4 after his teams lost 299 games in three seasons. Former Indians manager Eric Wedge interviewed on Oct. 5.
The Pirates are announcing each candidate as he is interviewed, but are not discussing their search.
Russell was fired Oct. 4 after matching the Pirates’ record for most losses by a manager in three seasons. Russell (186-299) had records of 67-95 in 2008, 62-99 in 2009 and 57-105 this season. Only the 1952 Pirates, who went 42-112, lost more games in baseball’s modern era than Russell’s final team, which was the NL’s worst in batting, pitching and defense.
These Pirates were bad from April to October, putting together a 12-game losing streak, four seven-game losing streaks and eight five-game losing streaks. They were 17-64 on the road, equaling the 1963 Mets for the most road losses during baseball’s expansion era.
While Russell was fired, general manager Neal Huntington was retained despite making a succession of poor trades and questionable moves that have left the Pirates with one of the majors’ least-talented teams—a pattern that began long before either arrived in Pittsburgh.
The 2010 Pirates sustained the worst loss in club history, a 20-0 defeat to Milwaukee on April 22, and had the fourth-worst ERA (5.00) in club history.