The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as their new general manager, according to multiple reports and confirmed by ESPN.
Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013.
He stepped down as Red Sox GM during the 2015 season, after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations.
In September 2016, Cherington was hired by the Toronto Blue Jays to be their vice president of baseball operations under general manager Ross Atkins.
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The Pirates announced a noon ET Monday news conference to announce a new general manager but did not identify their hire.
Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12-year stint.
Among Cherington’s first tasks will be to hire a manager to replace Clint Hurdle, who was fired on the morning of the final regular-season game in September. Hurdle went 735-720 in Pittsburgh and is the fourth-winningest manager in the club’s 132-year history in the National League, but the Pirates finished 69-93 in 2019, including a 25-48 record after the All-Star break.
Frank Coonelly, the team president who hired Huntington, left on Oct. 23 in what was described by the club as a mutual agreement. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly and fired Huntington on Oct. 28.
Pittsburgh earned an NL wild-card berth in 2013, reaching the postseason for the first time since 1992 and ending a streak of 20 consecutive losing seasons. The Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds before losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in a five-game NL Division Series. The Pirates lost in the wild-card game in both 2014 and 2015, then slipped to consecutive losing records before going 82-79 in 2018.