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Pirates notebook: Team president doesn't plan to leave for MLB front office

| Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, 2:18 p.m.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Pirates president Frank Coonelly watches from the stands during a game against the Reds on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Pirates president Frank Coonelly talks with manager Clint Hurdle during the team's first full squad workout Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla.

Pirates president Frank Coonelly said he has no plans to rejoin Major League Baseball's front office after commissioner Bud Selig retires in January 2015.

Before being hired by the Pirates in September 2007, Coonelly was MLB's senior vice president and general counsel of labor. His job as team president could serve as a proving ground for another prominent position in the commissioner's office. Selig said he will reorganize MLB's management team before he leaves office.

The Pirates lost 95, 99 and 105 games during Coonelly's first three years. This year, however, the club clinched its first playoff bid since 1992, which encourages Coonelly to stay.

“I really enjoy it in Pittsburgh,” Coonelly said. “We're just starting to have fun here, and I want to be around for the fun.”

Coonelly worked several years with Selig, who became commissioner in 1992.

• Rosters for the wild-card game are due by 10 a.m. Tuesday, and the Pirates won't make theirs public until after that deadline. Rosters can change from round to round in the postseason. “There are a number of things that go into it,” general manager Neal Huntington said. “It's a matter of left- or right-handed pinch-hitters versus defense off the bench versus speed versus third catcher. For pitchers, it's ground ball versus strikeout, power versus command, innings versus short exposure.”

• Left-hander Jeff Locke will not be on the wild-card roster, Huntington said. Locke, who slumped badly after the All-Star break, has been shut down for the rest of the year. Huntington said the move is not due to an injury. Charlie Morton and A.J. Burnett are missing from the roster. Having just pitched this past weekend, neither would work in the wild-card game.

• Manager Clint Hurdle hopes Gerrit Cole doesn't have to pitch Tuesday in the wild-card game. If the rookie right-hander takes the mound, it will be because either starter Francisco Liriano was shelled early or the game is deep into extra innings. Cole was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday because the game had no bearing on playoff positioning.

— Rob Biertempfel

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