Pirates Raid MLB Offices for New Prez

Foundering franchise looks to turn the ship around
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2007 6:32 AM CDT
A young Pittsburgh Pirates fan at the baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates, holds a sign expressing his agreement with Pirate management's decision to fire general manager David...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Pirates have selected Frank Coonelly as their new president, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The chief labor counsel for Major League Baseball will replace CEO Kevin McClatchy when he steps down at the end of this season. With the Pirates just one loss away from their 15th straight losing season, Coonelly has his work cut out for him.

White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said he "can't say enough nice things" about the longtime MLB exec, and a Pittsburgh agent calls him "a tremendous asset." Coonelly's first task may be tremendous as well: hiring a new GM to replace recently fired Dave Littlefield.