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Interviews continue for GM post

Joe Rutter
| Tuesday, June 26, 2001

The Pirates' next general manager will come from a list of candidates that is 'more than five and less than 10,' owner Kevin McClatchy said Monday.

McClatchy, who has kept quiet on the general manager search, did reveal that he already has interviewed two candidates. It is known that one is Houston Astros assistant GM Tim Purpura.

Both interviews took place outside of Pittsburgh, McClatchy said. More interviews are scheduled for later in the week.

'My list is pretty well set,' McClatchy said.

In-house candidates include scouting director Mickey White and interim GM Roy Smith.

As for the candidates he has not interviewed, McClatchy said he has received permission to talk to most of them, but not all.

One potential candidate, former Houston Astros and New York Yankees general manager Bob Watson, said yesterday he has not been contacted by McClatchy.

McClatchy also reiterated that he has no timetable for naming Cam Bonifay's successor.

'If I gave a timetable, then people would hold me to it, kind of like that 90-win thing,' McClatchy said, referring to his ill-fated suggestion that the Pirates might be capable of winning win 90 games last season.

McClatchy would like to name his general manager before the end of the season, but he is willing to take as much time as necessary before making his selection.

'If for some reason I might not find the right candidate, I wouldn't put somebody in there just to put somebody in there,' he said.

When hiring a manager in October, McClatchy did not conduct a second round of interviews, selecting Lloyd McClendon from a pool of 10 candidates.

McClatchy said he would hold second interviews in this instance.

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