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Tim Benz

In Tuesday’s “First Call,” some MLB managerial candidates are emerging. Fans storm an owner’s box. Andy Dalton’s interesting audible.


What if?

When it comes to a potential managerial hire, here’s a former Pirates player that is becoming a name of interest.

One-time Bucco, David Ross, is rumored to be a potential candidate to replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Chicago Cubs.

He seems pretty keen on that specific job.

At least two other candidates are said to be of interest to general manager Theo Epstein. One of those people is believed to be a current member of the coaching staff, while the other is currently with a playoff team, according to the AP.

But if Ross should be interested in managing in general, and not just the Cubs, the Pirates may want to speak with him.

Ross was widely liked by pitchers he worked with when he was an MLB catcher. He’s also renowned as a clubhouse leader and is polished with the media aspects of the job.


Here’s another name

Raul Ibanez.

MLB.com is floating his candidacy out there for any number of vacancies.

Ibanez played with six teams over 19 seasons. And is getting some buzz as a first-time managerial candidate.

According to Jon Paul Morosi, he’s “known as a superb communicator in English and Spanish and has gained fluency in analytics by working with the Dodgers.”

Morosi says that the Giants and Cubs may be interested. So that could mean he’s going to be too rich for the Pirates’ blood if they wanted him at all.


Don’t get any ideas, Pittsburgh

What a day for Pittsburgh to see this video.

Tensions are a little high toward Pirates ownership these days. A 93-loss season just wrapped up. They mishandled the firing of their manager. And no one else seems to be on the way out.

But this type of fan response would be a bit extreme.

Yup. Those soccer fans in Holland stormed the owner’s box and kicked him out of the stadium. Via Bardown.com, “Dutch club Roda JC Kerkrade’s fans stormed into the directors box and kicked owner Mauricio La Vega out of the stadium. The team has won just one of their opening eight matches in the Dutch second tier.

The site went on to report that “staff salaries are in jeopardy of not being paid next month and on Monday, the club’s entire crew called in sick to protest the situation.

Here’s the full video.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, Pirates fans. But that’s not going to work here. Now that this video has been published, Bob Nutting has already taken all of next year’s free agent money and built a steel reinforced door to his owner’s box and an underwater tunnel which will allow him to escape PNC Park and emerge on the downtown side of the Allegheny.

Plus — little known fact — all the racing pierogies are actually ex-secret service and will be providing increased security next year.


Say that again?

I’m not sure if this will take off like Ben Roethlisberger’s “Dilly Dilly” audible. But it might have a shelf life.

Andy Dalton was picked up by the “Monday Night Football” microphones making a check at the line of scrimmage.

It sounded like he was saying “Filthy Brady.”

I have no idea what that means. But since the call was coming against the Steelers and it — presumably — involved the name “Brady,” Dalton must’ve been checking into an underneath pick route.

Using a deflated football.

Against a defensive alignment they recognized courtesy of illegally filmed video.

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