Pirates Tap Indians Assistant for GM's Job
Neal Huntington had been Cleveland scout, strategic planner
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2007 5:22 PM CDT
Pittsburgh Pirates new general manager Neal Huntington talks with reporters on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007, his first day on the job. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Pittsburgh Pirates named Neal Huntington as their new general manager today, nearly 3 weeks after firing Dave Littlefield. A delay in the announcement had fueled speculation they were backing away from Huntington as their first choice. His jobs in Cleveland as special assistant to Indians GM Mark Shapiro had included advance scouting and strategic planning.

"Neal comes from an extremely successful organization in Cleveland," Pirates president  Frank Coonelly told MLB.com. "Neal has been part of a system that is very similar to the Pittsburgh market, and they utilized all these different avenues of player acquisition, I think extraordinarily well, and Neal is to receive credit for that."