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    Huntington did his last interview of the season on Rocco DeMaro's pregame show yesterday. He always gives a ton of information on there, so it's a good listen.

    http://a1135.g.akamai.net/f/1135/182...2009.24.10.mp3
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    A ton of talk about managers that was kind of interesting, but not really. It takes up about half the interview. At the end he mentions a bunch of managers who had struggled at various times. Joe Torre lost 290 games in his first 3 years, got fired, came back, got fired again, then was viewed as a great manager. Terry Francona was run out of Philadelphia and won two World Series in Boston. Jim Tracy was successful in LA, terrible in Pittsburgh, then successful in Colorado. Jim Leyland was successful in Pittsburgh, then had a really rough couple years. Went to Florida and won a World Series, had a tough year and left. Had a really rough season in Colorado and stepped down, then had success quickly in Detroit. Charlie Manuel was fired in Cleveland and has gone to back to back World Series after getting to Philadelphia.

    Took a question on the shortstop of the future. He said they think Ronny Cedeno can be the SS of the immediate future. They may acquire another player who they feel is better, but he thinks there are other areas that present a bigger need right now. Ciriaco has great tools, but they need him to put it together and be more consistent with the bat. Diaz is a solid to plus defender with a light bat. d"Arnaud had a strong second half and they saw some signs after he was the talk of the AFL last year. Brian Friday and Jordy Mercer are still in the mix. Rocco throws in Brock Holt and Huntington says he had a great year with the bat, but SS may be a challenge for him defensively. He may end up back at 2B, but they'll keep giving him a chance at SS for now. There is hope that any one of those guys can take a step forward and grab the 2012 job.

    Challenge: Name all of the out of options players.
    Joel Hanrahan, Wil Ledezma, Sean Gallagher, Jeff Karstens, Garrett Jones, Delwyn Young, Andy LaRoche, Ronny Cedeno, Brandon Moss, Ryan Doumit, Lastings Milledge, James McDonald, Brian Burres, Charlie Morton, John Bowker, Argenis Diaz, Steve Pearce*, Jeff Clement, Jose Ascanio, Kevin Hart, Chris Resop

    *Huntington believes Pearce has a good shot at getting a 4th option, but hopefully he doesn't need it. If he hits the way he is capable of they may be using him as a right handed platoon bat unless they can find something better on the market.

    Asked about Doumit he said that people have trouble seeing the team spending $10 million on catching next year, but they don't necessarily view it that way. If they can't find a better overall player they still think Doumit can be in the RF mix. He said a Doumit-Milledge platoon could end up being their best option. He also mentioned that $3 million is coming from Arizona, so they're not necessarily paying as much as it appears.

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    Huntington did his last interview of the season on Rocco DeMaro's pregame show yesterday. He always gives a ton of information on there, so it's a good listen.

    http://a1135.g.akamai.net/f/1135/182...2009.24.10.mp3
    Summary:

    A ton of talk about managers that was kind of interesting, but not really. It takes up about half the interview. At the end he mentions a bunch of managers who had struggled at various times. Joe Torre lost 290 games in his first 3 years, got fired, came back, got fired again, then was viewed as a great manager. Terry Francona was run out of Philadelphia and won two World Series in Boston. Jim Tracy was successful in LA, terrible in Pittsburgh, then successful in Colorado. Jim Leyland was successful in Pittsburgh, then had a really rough couple years. Went to Florida and won a World Series, had a tough year and left. Had a really rough season in Colorado and stepped down, then had success quickly in Detroit. Charlie Manuel was fired in Cleveland and has gone to back to back World Series after getting to Philadelphia.

    Took a question on the shortstop of the future. He said they think Ronny Cedeno can be the SS of the immediate future. They may acquire another player who they feel is better, but he thinks there are other areas that present a bigger need right now. Ciriaco has great tools, but they need him to put it together and be more consistent with the bat. Diaz is a solid to plus defender with a light bat. d"Arnaud had a strong second half and they saw some signs after he was the talk of the AFL last year. Brian Friday and Jordy Mercer are still in the mix. Rocco throws in Brock Holt and Huntington says he had a great year with the bat, but SS may be a challenge for him defensively. He may end up back at 2B, but they'll keep giving him a chance at SS for now. There is hope that any one of those guys can take a step forward and grab the 2012 job.

    Challenge: Name all of the out of options players.
    Joel Hanrahan, Wil Ledezma, Sean Gallagher, Jeff Karstens, Garrett Jones, Delwyn Young, Andy LaRoche, Ronny Cedeno, Brandon Moss, Ryan Doumit, Lastings Milledge, James McDonald, Brian Burres, Charlie Morton, John Bowker, Argenis Diaz, Steve Pearce*, Jeff Clement, Jose Ascanio, Kevin Hart, Chris Resop

    *Huntington believes Pearce has a good shot at getting a 4th option, but hopefully he doesn't need it. If he hits the way he is capable of they may be using him as a right handed platoon bat unless they can find something better on the market.

    Asked about Doumit he said that people have trouble seeing the team spending $10 million on catching next year, but they don't necessarily view it that way. If they can't find a better overall player they still think Doumit can be in the RF mix. He said a Doumit-Milledge platoon could end up being their best option. He also mentioned that $3 million is coming from Arizona, so they're not necessarily paying as much as it appears.
    Although I 100% agree with the manger comment... and totally don't blame JR.. the issue with manager is the same as the issues with rookie players. No one really has patience with waiting for something to come along.

    We have lost for 18 years - something has to turn around the team overnight. And manager is the easiest thing to turn over.

    No on really cares Torre blew for 3 years. Also, no one would have any idea with Torre what kind of players he had. JR could get hired somewhere else (and, we all know that is possible), and turn into the best manager ever.

    Always the right combination of players AND manager that makes a team good.

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    Every time I hear an NH interview I come away impressed. He is very knowledgeable and articulate.

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    Every time I hear an NH interview I come away impressed. He is very knowledgeable and articulate.
    I agree but, IMHO, the Bucs need to show improvement or Neal may not be in the picture for 2012.

    Rightly or wrongly, patience is no longer a virtue in Pittsburgh.

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    I agree but, IMHO, the Bucs need to show improvement or Neal may not be in the picture for 2012.

    Rightly or wrongly, patience is no longer a virtue in Pittsburgh.
    The 2011 team will be better than the 2010 version if for no other reason that it can't be much worse. I still think it will be a lean year but the foundation that NH has laid in the past 3 years will finally start to be seen. NH's marching orders when he was brought in was to dismantle the ML team and start from scratch. His plan (which is also FC’s and BN’s plan) wasn’t predicated on winning early in his tenure (if that somehow happened….fine) but to build an organization through the draft which takes time. So with that as the team philosophy NH’s job IMO is not remotely in jeopardy.

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    Although I 100% agree with the manger comment... and totally don't blame JR.. the issue with manager is the same as the issues with rookie players. No one really has patience with waiting for something to come along.

    We have lost for 18 years - something has to turn around the team overnight. And manager is the easiest thing to turn over.

    No on really cares Torre blew for 3 years. Also, no one would have any idea with Torre what kind of players he had. JR could get hired somewhere else (and, we all know that is possible), and turn into the best manager ever.

    Always the right combination of players AND manager that makes a team good.
    Seems like the managers he lists as examples didn't find success until they went elsewhere. As is mentioned in the Walbeck getting fired thread.....if you have the right players, anyone could win with them. Guess you can turn it around and say if you have the wrong players, anyone can lose with them as well. I just don't think Russell is a good fit for a young team.

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    I just don't think Russell is a good fit for a young team
    That was supposed to be one of Russell's strong points when hired.

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    The 2011 team will be better than the 2010 version if for no other reason that it can't be much worse. I still think it will be a lean year but the foundation that NH has laid in the past 3 years will finally start to be seen. NH's marching orders when he was brought in was to dismantle the ML team and start from scratch. His plan (which is also FC’s and BN’s plan) wasn’t predicated on winning early in his tenure (if that somehow happened….fine) but to build an organization through the draft which takes time. So with that as the team philosophy NH’s job IMO is not remotely in jeopardy.
    agreed 120%.

    Patience should've no longer been a virtue back in the 1990's somewhere between that 3rd straight losing season and 7th At this point, lack of patience IMO isn't and shouldn't even be part of a discussion. the worst thing Management could do right now or at any point during this massive rebuild is lose patience and start pressing because that's when bad decisions get made and we can't afford them.

    After 18 straight seasons of losing, I'm willing, more than willing to be patient for a product that will turn out good in the end and I feel what NH is building is going to be good.

    I guess I sort of answered CPA
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    Ditto to Kipper

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