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Pirates fire Double-A manager Michael Ryan

Jonathan Bombulie

The Pittsburgh Pirates have let go successful Double-A manager Michael Ryan after three seasons with the Altoona Curve.

In a statement released to WJAC-TV in Johnstown, Pirates director of minor league operations Larry Broadway said the team informed Ryan he would not return as Altoona’s manager next season and discussed other non-managing roles for the 42-year-old native of Indiana, Pa.

“Michael is exploring opportunities with other organizations, and we support his efforts,” Broadway said in the statement. “We appreciate Michael’s efforts and who he is as a person and wish him well.”

Ryan told the Altoona Mirror he was blindsided by the move.

“I wasn’t even aware that my job was in jeopardy,” he said.

The Curve went 69-71 this season, finishing fourth in their division. They won a division title in each of Ryan’s previous two seasons as manager, claiming the Eastern League championship in 2017.

This year’s Curve roster was largely bereft of top prospects. Infielder Oneil Cruz is the only player who spent much of the season in Altoona who could be considered a top-10 prospect in the Pirates system.

“There are some things as far as relaying the Pirate culture and different off-the-field things I could have done better at as far as meetings and things they want done,” Ryan told the Mirror.

Ryan had been with the Pirates organization since 2013, managing West Virginia in the South Atlantic League and Bradenton in the Florida State League before being promoted to Altoona.

Ryan’s record is 228-200 with the Curve and 513-470 as a minor league manager.

Jonathan Bombulie is a Tribune-Review assistant sports editor. You can contact Jonathan by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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