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Who else is there to manage?

The Pittsburgh Pirates recently exercised the 2010 club option of manager John Russell. What other team that goes 67-95 the previous year can do that? No many.
After the organization traded Xavier Nady to the Yankees, the Bucs went 17-39 to close out the season. With very little done in the offseason to bolster the lineup, the Pirates could increase that loss total this year. So who is out there that would want to manage a losing team that is rebuilding once again? The job isn't an ideal situation for someone looking to land the next manager's job with the Red Sox or Yankees.
Apparently, the Pirates found a guy who is willing to endure two more years of suffering. After all, the organization kept Lloyd McClendon for nearly five years. McClendon did a good job with what he had to work with. In 2005, McClendon had the Bucs at 30-30 in the second week of June, only to have the team falter the rest of the way. Manager Jim Tracy had a little more talent to work with, but he couldn't get the players to perform to their potential.
Now, with Russell, the organization returns to the eternal rebuilding process. It looks like the Pirates front office is giving him through 2010 to steer the Pirates ship in the right direction.
The pitching staff is capable of having a memorable year. Four of the starting pitchers have had, at some time in the young careers, an above average season. If they can all pitch well in the same season, then the Pirates can tread near the .500 mark.
The key to the season is the offense. Can Nate McClouth duplicate last year's all-star effort? Will Adam LaRoche actually connect with the ball in April, May and June? Is Freddy Sanchez capable of hitting .300 again? And, when will the prospects show their true potential in a big league uniform?
There is a lot of question marks to this season and beyond. I guess we'll find out the answer in two years when Russell steps into GM Neal Huntington's office at the end of the 2010 season.
By Jim Spezialetti