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Pirates Notebook: Chavez has 1-2-3 debut: Jesse Chavez has been among Class AAA Indianapolis'most dependable relievers since former general manager Dave Littlefield acquired him in the Kip Wells trade at the July 2006 deadline, but he never reached the majors until his promotion yesterday.
On the Pirates: GM's focus on the future: Neal Huntington does plenty of traveling as the Pirates'general manager. But, unlike predecessor Dave Littlefield, it seldom is done for the purpose of watching his team's road games. ...
Schilling: Give up Cy Youngs, Rocket:
Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling called on Roger Clemens to give up the four Cy Young Awards he's won since 1997 if he can't clear his name from allegations that he used steroids to prolong and enhance his career."If he doesn't do that, then there aren't many options as a fan for me other than to believe his career 192 wins and three Cy Youngs he won prior to 1997 were the end,"Schilling wrote Wednesday in his blog, 38pitches.com."From that point on the numbers were attained through using [performance-enhancing drugs]."Schilling noted in the posting that he was a fan of the seven-time Cy Young winner and owed much of his success to a stern talking-to he received from Clemens when Schilling was a prospect in the Boston system.Noting also the unrefuted evidence against Barry Bonds, Schilling acknowledged he could not avoid questioning Clemens'accomplishments as well."If... both of these men end up being caught, what does that say about this game, us as athletes and the future of the sport and our place in it?"Clemens was named in the report by former Senate majority leader George Mitchell that detailed the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. Clemens has denied the allegations.Schilling commended those who've apologized for using performance-enhancing drugs, and called on everyone accused to prove their innocence or apologize for their mistakes."The world is full of good to great people that have made mistakes of this magnitude or worse,"Schilling wrote."These guys made mistakes, and I do mean mistakes. They didn't accidentally do this, this was a conscious decision with far-reaching implications, and they should be held accountable."BrieflyMariners:Free-agent pitcher Carlos Silva (13-14, 4.19 ERA with the Twins in'07) and Seattle are close to a four-year, $44 million contract. An announcement is expected today.Royals:Left-handed reliever and former Ranger Ron Mahay and Kansas City reached a preliminary agreement on a two-year, $8 million contract.Rockies:Colorado agreed to one-year contracts with right-hander Kip Wells, 30, ($3.1 million plus $1.5 million in potential bonuses) and lefty Mark Redman, 34.Padres:San Diego agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million deal (plus a possible $750,000 in bonuses) with catcher Michael Barrett.Cubs:Former Pittsburgh general manager Dave Littlefield was hired as scout for Chicago on Tuesday.
Sandberg returns as Peoria manager: Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg will be back in Peoria, former Cub Jody Davis is staying at Class A Daytona, and the Cubs have added former Pittsburgh general manager Dave Littlefield to the scouting staff.
Cubs hire former Pirates GM Littlefield as scout: The Cubs hired former Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield as a scout on Tuesday.
Cubs name ex-Bucs GM Littlefield scout (AP): The Cubs hired former Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield as a scout on Tuesday. "We are extraordinarily pleased to add someone of Dave Littlefield's caliber to bolster our baseball operations efforts," Chicago general manager Jim Hendry said. "I've known Dave a long time and am confident that he will add valuable perspective and another experienced voice to our baseball operations...
New GM fires Tracy, 3 other Pirates execs: The Pittsburgh Pirates fired manager Jim Tracy on Friday after two years filled with long losing streaks and little discernible progress by a team that has had 15 consecutive losing seasons, one short of the major league record. The Pirates also fired three other baseball operations executives during an ongoing shakeup that began last month with General Manager Dave Littlefield's firing. New General Manager Neal Huntington, who took over with only six days left in the season, hinted the Pirates' inability to draft and develop prospects, and to evaluate players at all lev
Amaro may be in line for Pirates' GM job: The plot thickens for Ruben Amaro Jr.Days after the Phillies assistant general manager interviewed in Houston to become the Astros' next general manager, multiple baseball sources indicated that Amaro may also be the front-runner to replace the fired Dave Littlefield in Pittsburgh.
Notes: Chacon unlikely to return: Relief pitcher Shawn Chacon had hoped to complete a contract extension with the Pirates this summer. However, after GM Dave Littlefield was dismissed Friday, Chacon does not believe that there will be time for him to get a deal done with the new GM.
Last-place Pirates fire GM Littlefield: General manager Dave Littlefield was fired Friday by the Pittsburgh Pirates after six-plus seasons in which the team showed little progress on the field or in its farm system. Director of player development Brian Graham will serve as the interim general manager until Littlefield's replacement is found.
Pirates fire GM after seven years of losing: The Pirates, on the cusp of a 15th consecutive losing season, yesterday fired general manager Dave Littlefield, the man responsible for baseball operations since mid-2001. ...
Analysis: Littlefield's low-risk style netted low rewards: When Bob Nutting spoke of creating a"culture of success"for the Pirates on the day he fired Dave Littlefield, it might have struck some as laughable. ...
Littlefield firing, Pirates reaction: Dave Littlefield brought Jim Tracy to the Pirates as their manager in October 2005. With Littlefield gone as the team's general manager, does Tracy think he'll stay on as manager? ...
Pirates fire GM Littlefield; interim replacement is Graham: The Pirates this morning fired general manager Dave Littlefield near the end of his seventh losing season.
Readers Forum: Dave Littlefield's legacy with the Pirates: We invite readers to discuss the firing of Pirates'General Manager Dave Littlefield.
Pirates to name Coonelly as CEO: The Pirates' firing of GM Dave Littlefield was a precursor to their next move the hiring of Frank Coonelly as their new CEO, according to major-league sources.
Last-place Pirates fire GM Littlefield: General manager Dave Littlefield was fired Friday by the Pittsburgh Pirates after six-plus seasons in which the team showed little progress on the field or in its farm system.
Pirates Notebook: Ownership stance unchanged for GM, manager: The Pirates continue to sink deeper in the standings, but ownership has not changed its stance that it will wait until the 2007 schedule is complete to decide on the futures of general manager Dave Littlefield and manager Jim Tracy.
Pirates Notebook: Littlefield's price too high?: PHOENIX -- Dave Littlefield has a reputation for seeking sky-high prices in trades and, as a result, turning off those with whom he is trying to deal.[Read this article]
Q&A with Pirates GM Littlefield: In the fifth part of an ongoing series of Q&As, Pirates GM Dave Littlefield fields questions from fans concerning pitching prospect Bryan Bullington's future, whether John Van Benschoten is better suited as a starter or reliever, the Bucs' young pitching staff and more.
Pirates Notebook: Littlefield not worried about new CEO: The issue sure to loom largest over the Pirates for the rest of the year will be the status of general manager Dave Littlefield, particularly with owner Bob Nutting searching for a new chief executive officer who would rank above Littlefield and, pres[Read this article]
Inside the Pirates: Trade talk starts with ifs: With Major League Baseball's July 31 trading deadline only 17 days away, all that remains clear about the Pirates'possible participation is that there are a lot of ifs. Start with the biggest: Will Dave Littlefield be a buyer for the first time in his tenure?[Read this article]
Nutting: Decisions on Littlefield, Tracy after season: The Pirates will wait until after this season to decide the futures of general manager Dave Littlefield and manager Jim Tracy, principal owner Bob Nutting said yesterday.[Read this article]
Torres files grievance, asks for trade: Reliever Salomon Torres, angry with the Pirates about what he feels was a broken promise in negotiating his most recent contract, has filed a grievance against the team and asked general manager Dave Littlefield to trade him.[Read this article]
Pirates Notebook: Littlefield says team's basics are'better': ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Pirates have improved at the basics since last season, general manager Dave Littlefield said, but there remains work to do.[Read this article]
Pirates start talks with No. 1 pick: Negotiations between the Pirates and their top draft pick, Clemson left-hander Daniel Moskos, have begun. Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield talked with Moskos and his representative, Mark Pieper, yesterday.[Read this article]
Q&A with Ryan Doumit: Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield always knew Ryan Doumit had potential. And after spending some time with Triple-A Indianapolis, the switch-hitting catcher is hitting .341 in his first 28 games with Pittsburgh, as well as playing first base and right field.
Pirates Notebook: GM backs hitting coach Manto: Jeff Manto, the hitting coach who has presided over the worst offense in Major League Baseball, has the full support of Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield.[Read this article]
Pirates pushing McCutchen gradually: Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield hasn't cut Andrew McCutchen just yet, but he said his talented young outfielder is bound for the Minors.
Pirates, Castillo agree to one-year deal: I know hypothetical trades are not likely to get this question into the Q&A, but I was wondering if you had any sense whether Dave Littlefield was still interested in adding an outfield bat? I feel OK about Xavier Nady but read recently that the Blue Jays may be fielding offers of pitching for Alex Rios and Reed Johnson.
Pirates Notebook: Littlefield seeks bench bat: Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield sounded satisfied at acquiring Adam LaRoche, but not quite finished for the offseason.
Hot Stove: How much can key hitters really improve?: There emanates, all through the Pirates'organization, a belief that the young core of the team is bound to improve in 2007."We're going to get better,"general manager Dave Littlefield said."We'll be better,"manager Jim Tracy said.
Throw clueless GM Littlefield off Pirates' sinking ship: The first step toward giving the Pirates a chance to relive the 'We are Family' years is to get rid of GM Dave Littlefield. But, since he has an actual, legally signed contract extension, it's up to Larry Dobrow to lay out a blueprint to save the franchise.
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