By John Perrotto
The Pirates interviewed one of their former players for their manager’s job for the second day in a row Wednesday, talking with Milwaukee hitting coach Dale Sveum.
Sveum, 47, played for the Pirates from 1996-97 and again in 1999 as part of a 12-year career that also included stops with Milwaukee (1986-88, 1990-91), Philadelphia (1992), the Chicago White Sox (1992), Oakland (1993), Seattle (1994) and the New York Yankees (1998). He hit .236 with 69 home runs and 340 RBIs in 862 games.
Sveum managed the Brewers in the 2008 National League Division Series as they lost to Philadelphia. He was promoted from bench coach with 12 games remaining in the regular season when Ned Yost was fired. The Brewers went 7-5 to win the NL wild card and advance to the postseason for the first time since 1982.
Sveum also managed the Pirates’ Class AA Eastern League farm club for three seasons from 2001-03.
Former Oakland and Milwaukee manager Ken Macha and Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister interviewed on Tuesday for the job that opened when John Russell was fired on Oct. 4. The Pirates earlier interviewed former Cleveland manager Eric Wedge, former Arizona third base coach Bo Porter and current Kansas City bench coach and former Toronto manager John Gibbons.
The Pirates will have stiff competition if they decide Wedge is their choice. He has also interviewed for manager vacancies with the Chicago Cubs, Toronto, Milwaukee and Seattle.
John Perrotto is a contributor to Inside Pittsburgh Sports. He is the editor-in-chief of BaseballProspectus.com
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