Sports Pirates Officially Hire Ben Cherington As New General Manager
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PITTSBURGH, PA - The Pirates on Monday officially named Ben Cherington as the team's new general manager. He succeeds Neal Huntington, who was fired last month after 12 years on the job.
Cherington, 45, has more than 20 seasons of baseball operations experience, highlighted by 17 as a member of the Boston Red Sox, including four as executive vice president and general manager from 2011 until 2015.“This is an important step forward for our organization,” Pirates owner Bob Nutting said in a statement. “Ben has an incredible track record of success having been a part of three World
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Championship teams in Boston, one as general manager, and setting the table for a fourth. His passion and ability to identify, infuse and develop talent at every level, including at the Major League level, is exactly what we need to be successful in Pittsburgh.”
Cherington's tenure in Boston included three last-place finishes and a World Series championship in 2013. He spent the past three seasons as the Toronto Blue Jays vice president of baseball operations and helped construct a minor league system rated by Baseball America as the industry's third best at the start of the 2019 season.
“Pittsburgh is the ideal opportunity for me,and the only one I was interested in exploring,” Cherington said. “The four pillars that will drive our success are elite talent identification, acquisition, development and deployment. My entire career has been spent focusing on developing great systems to be elite in these four critical areas, which will fuel our future success in Pittsburgh."
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He added: “I have always appreciated the passion of Pittsburgh sports fans My sense is that Pirates fans appreciate hard work, honest effort, and people and players they can trust. All things that I can respect and identify with. My wife and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this community.”
Ben Cherington brings 20-plus seasons of baseball operations experience and leadership to the Pirates organization.
— Pirates (@Pirates)
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The Toronto Blue Jays have the fifth overall pick in next year’s draft, underscoring the importance for the Blue Jays to find the right successor for departing amateur scouting director Steve Sanders. The post Tuch scores two early, Golden Knights beat Rangers appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.As first reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan and since confirmed by an industry source to Sportsnet, Blue Jays amateur scouting director Steve Sanders – considered by some a future GM – will be leaving the Blue Jays. His next job will be with Ben Cherington, the former Blue Jays executive who replaced Neal Huntington as Pittsburgh’s baseball ops leader last month.
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