The Pirates this morning made it official -- John Russell is their new manager.
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Russell, 46, is a former Pirate third base coach who spent the previous two seasons managing Philadelphia's Class AAA team.
"John is absolutely the best choice to lead our ballclub,'' Pirate general manager Neal Huntington said. "His positive energy, intense passion for the game and strong managerial experience set him apart from every other potential candidate we considered.''