Pittsburgh based attorney & Altoona Curve owner Chuck Greenberg is one of the early front runners to replace Kevin McClatchy. Greenberg has helped clients like Mario Lemieux and former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar buy professional sports franchises and has stated on many occassions the Pirates are his dream job. Greenberg’s close ties to Mario Lemeiux played a vital role in securing the Penguins new arena and he was the one who got the negotiations going when talks were at a stalemate in late February. I reported last week Greenberg and Ulice Payne are being considered but sources have confirmed Payne is not interested. Michael Hill of the Florida Marlins is also believed to be on the Pirates wishlist. Hill is Florida’s vice president and assistant GM. He considered one of the game’s rising front-office stars as he has helped Marlins GM Larry Beinfest keep the franchise competitive despite limited resources.
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