New Pirate GM Dumps Old Manager

Tracy, three others canned as Huntington starts to rebuild team
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2007 5:00 PM CDT
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Jim Tracy sits in the dugout during a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Pittsburgh, in this May 2, 2007 file photo. The Pirates fired manager Jim Tracy on Friday, Oct....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – It took 2 weeks for the new Pirate general manager to decide that 2 years was enough for the old Pirate manager. Neal Huntington announced today he had fired Jim Tracy as the Bucs' field boss. Huntington also fired three other key staffers, including the heads of baseball operations, player development, and scouting.

"To transform the culture and chart the course for future success, these changes needed to be made," Huntington said this afternoon at a press conference, the Post-Gazette reports. The Pirates' two losing seasons under Tracy ran the franchise's streak to 15 in a row, the second-longest stretch of frustration in pro sports history.