The Pirates fired manager John Russell today, according to a press release. GM Neal Huntington offered praise for Russell but added, "We decided that new leadership in the clubhouse would give us the best opportunity to move this major league team forward."
Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote Sunday that Russell was expected to be fired as early as today. Russell was hired to manage the Pirates after the '07 season. His teams posted a 186-299 record.