PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - New Pirates General Manager Ben Cherington was introduced Monday afternoon by team owner Bob Nutting and President Travis Williams.
Williams said the team considered 50 candidates and narrowed that down to 12 “diverse” candidates before ultimately picking Cherington.
Nutting says Cherington is the general manager the fans deserve and what the organization needs.
“They deserve, they all deserve, you all deserve a team that you can be excited about, proud of every single day and I think that Ben will bring us that pride, that excitement,” said Nutting.
Nutting adds that Cherington is a winner.
“He knows how to develop young players, how to identify talent, develop talent, fill our organization with talented players and focus on talented players.”
Williams also said he also believes Cherington will bring winning baseball back to Pittsburgh.
“His track record of building a winning organization,” said Williams. “Obviously he was part of three World Series champion(ships) in Boston and really laid the groundwork for a fourth one that was there as well.
Williams added he believes Cherington has a great baseball mind and “will crack the code of winning in a market like Pittsburgh.”
“We are going to build a baseball operations culture that is player-centered,” said Cherington.
There are four areas Cherington says he will focus on.
“Identification of players, acquisition of players, development of players and ultimately deployment of players or putting in the best position to succeed.”
“I believe in learning, I believe in a learning culture, I want to be a part of a learning culture, we need to be learning every single day learning will drive innovation and getting better every single day,” added Cherington.
Cherington believes Pittsburgh is the perfect fit for him.
“My particular experiences and strengths line up well to a place like Pittsburgh and what Pittsburgh needs.”
I feel like the things that I’ve actually spend my time, my career focused on are the things that drive success in a place like this,” added Cherington.He is also said he is grateful for the opportunity to work with Bob Nutting and Travis Williams and “lead baseball operations where the team really matters.”
The new general manager’s first order of business will be finding a new manager for the team.