Coonelly: Russell will be back in 2010
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CHICAGO -- The Pirates will bring back manager John Russell for the 2010 season, team president Frank Coonelly said yesterday at Wrigley Field.
Coonelly did not elaborate, given that the extension the team and Russell signed this past spring already took him through next season.
Russell, 48, has a 113-165 record in his two seasons and is headed toward a second last-place finish at 46-70. But his roster has seen more upheaval than any in Major League Baseball, including the trades of former All-Stars Jason Bay, Nate McLouth, Jack Wilson and Freddy Sanchez, among many other experienced players.
Russell and general manager Neal Huntington each is signed through 2010.
Everyone on Russell's coaching staff has a one-year contract. Decisions on the staff will come shortly after the season, no later than Oct. 10.
First Published August 17, 2009 12:00 am