The Pirates announced this afternoon that, on the opening day of their managerial search, they already interviewed former Cleveland Indians skipper Eric Wedge in Pittsburgh today.
No other details were provided.
However, a source said Pirates officials also reached out to Baltimore Orioles coach and interim manager Juan Samuel, who went 17-34 before Buck Showalter arrived. Samuel, 49, later admitted that he was contacted and told the Baltimore Sun he is likely to interview soon with the Pirates and Milwaukee. The fiery Samuel, 49, a longtime major-league infielder and outfielder mostly with the Phillies, was even ejected once in his nearly two months as interim, flipping his cap into the infield while arguing over his pitching coach getting tossed.
Wedge, 48, directed the Indians -- during Pirates general manager Neal Huntington's time in Cleveland's front office -- to finishes of fourth, third, second and then the American League Championship Series in his opening four seasons as manager there. He was fired two seasons later, amid the start of another rebuilding stage with the departure of CC Sabathia and more. He went 561-573 (.495) overall, but in four of his seven seasons the Indians won 80-plus games and twice they won 93-plus games.