Pirates Notebook: Jocketty could be candidate for CEO

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The Pirates do not have a complete list of candidates for their soon-to-be vacant CEO position, but it's possible Walt Jocketty is or will be on it.

"I can't comment on that," Jocketty, the senior vice-president/general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, said yesterday. "It's the first I've heard of it."

   

MINOR-LEAGUE REPORT

Thursday's results

INDIANAPOLIS(57-55) won at Richmond, 4-3. LHP Michael Tejera (6-2, 3.56) allowed three runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings. 2B Brian Bixler (.287) went 2 for 4 with two doubles, a walk and two RBIs. SS Don Kelly (.233) went 1 for 2 with a double and three walks. 1B Steve Pearce (.385) went 0 for 2 with a walk.

ALTOONA (57-52) beat Reading, 5-1. RHP Kip Bouknight (10-3, 3.62) allowed one run in 8 1/3 innings. CF Andrew McCutchen (.251) and 3B Neil Walker (.285) each went 0 for 3 with a walk.

LYNCHBURG (46-60) lost at Kinston, 22-10. RHP Jean Garavito (5-5, 3.69) allowed six runs in 1 1/3 innings. C Steve Lerud (.212) hit his second and third home runs and went 2 for 4 with four RBIs. LF Jamie Romak (.234) hit his 11th home run and went 1 for 4 with three RBIs.

HICKORY (52-56) lost at Charleston, 5-3. RHP Brad Clapp (5-9, 5.88) allowed four runs in five innings. CF Alex Presley (.300) went 1 for 4 with a walk.

STATE COLLEGE (20-22) won at Auburn, 8-4. RHP Duke Welker (2-1, 2.10) pitched five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out five. 1B Justin Byler (.314) hit his third home run and went 2 for 5.

BRADENTON (14-21) and the Reds were postponed by rain.

   

Jocketty's name has surfaced with greater frequency than other names when industry sources are asked about potential Pirate CEO candidates.

The Pirates do not have a timetable for interviews of candidates to succeed Kevin McClatchy, who announced July 6 he would step down as CEO at the end of this season.

Morris arrives

Matt Morris, scheduled to make his Pirates debut tomorrow night against Cincinnati, joined the team yesterday morning after a flurry of "to-do list" things that had to be done.

"I'd never been traded before," said Morris, acquired Tuesday from San Francisco for outfielder Rajai Davis and a player to be named. "I was kind of overwhelmed. My wife's seven months pregnant, and she has the doctor in San Francisco."

So a lot had to be done in a short time.

"But, in a couple of days, it will feel like I've been here a long time," Morris said.

Morris was a standout starter for the Cardinals before going to San Francisco as a free agent.

"With us, he learned from guys like Darryl Kile about how to be a leader on a pitching staff," Jocketty said. "He was always a guy we felt was good with young pitchers and led on the mound and off the mound. He was a guy who would provide whatever assistance and advice he could with young pitchers."

"I'm encouraged to see us have a guy like this," Pirates manager Jim Tracy said. "He has a track record not only between the lines but off the field, too. He has some things to offer these young guys that can enhance them and move them along. It's tough to get a guy like this."

Wilson deal still on table

A trade of Jack Wilson to Detroit continued to seem viable yesterday, even though the non-waiver trading deadline passed Tuesday. The deal could be made through waivers. It's almost a certainty the Tigers would claim the shortstop off waivers, then a deal could be worked out.

As of late yesterday afternoon, it did not appear Wilson had been put on waivers.

A report from Detroit indicated the Pirates and Tigers had completed a Wilson trade early this week in which the Tigers would have picked up all of Wilson's remaining contract money -- in excess of $14 million.

"We had a deal," a source said.

The Pirates would have received Dallas Trahern or Jair Jurrjens -- both 21-year-old right-handed pitchers -- and a mid-level position player prospect. That deal apparently collapsed when the Pirates asked for a major-league player, perhaps outfielder Craig Monroe.

A stunner

Seattle and St. Louis both tried to land Morris before the trade deadline Tuesday. That the Pirates swept in and took all of Morris' contract money stunned at least a few baseball people.

One front-office person told ESPN.com: "That move is so far out of left field [that] it's in the Monongahela."

Buried treasure

To make room on the 25-man roster for Morris, the Pirates designated infielder Matt Kata for assignment. He likely will wind up back at Class AAA Indianapolis.

Altoona outfielder Andrew McCutchen raised his batting average to .253 Wednesday. That's his high-water mark of the season. McCutchen through Wednesday night had hit .313 since July 1.

Today

The African American Heritage Day Luncheon, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the PNC Park Lexus Club. Joe Morgan, a 1990 Hall of Fame inductee and color analyst for ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball," will be the keynote speaker. Proceeds will benefit Pirates Charities and the Joe Morgan Youth Foundation. Tickets are available for $40 per person. Contact Winifred Torbert at (412) 325-4731.

Josh Gibson Replica Statue Giveaway at the game against the Cincinnati Reds. Gibson, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972, played for the Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords.

Tomorrow

Roadway Express "Time of Greatness" Mobile Museum. The traveling museum features historic photos, video, uniforms and other memorabilia illustrating the rich history of Negro League baseball. Former Pirates Chuck Tanner and Bob Robertson will participate in an autograph session at the exhibit. The museum will be in Red Lot 6 on West General Robinson Street. The museum is open from 6-7:30 p.m.

GospelFest on Federal Street with church choirs and soloists performing from 3-6:30 p.m.
Homestead Grays Replica Jersey Giveaway. Fans will receive a No. 20 Homestead Grays jersey honoring Josh Gibson.

African American Community Service Awards presentation. In pregame ceremonies, the Pirates' Community Service Awards will be presented to 11 youth organizations.

Sunday

Children 12 and under receive a Willie Stargell replica jersey in honor of the Pirates Hall of Famer.



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