Pirates officially hire Ben Cherington as new GM

The Pirates made official the hiring of Ben Cherington as the 13th general manager in their history on Monday morning. The Pirates will introduce Cherington with a noon press conference at PNC Park.

Most interesting in the statement were the thoughts given by Cherington and those in Pirates management about the longtime member of the Boston Red Sox. Cherington, charged with charting the Pirates’ new direction, most recently was working as vice president of baseball operations with the Toronto Blue Jays.

“This is an important step forward for our organization,” Pirates owner Bob Nutting said in a statement. “Ben has an incredible track record of success having been a part of three world championship teams in Boston, one as general manager, and setting the table for a fourth. “His passion and ability to identify, infuse and develop talent at every level, including at the Major League level, is exactly what we need to be successful in Pittsburgh.”

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Cherington has done a little bit of everything throughout his career while specializing in scouting and player development. Although Boston clearly spent a bunch of money, Cherington was adept at discovering talent and developing it the right way.      

One of Cherington’s first/biggest tasks will be rebuilding the Pirates farm system. He did plenty of that in Toronto.

The Blue Jays farm system was ranked third-best in the industry in 2019, according to Baseball America.

“Ben is exactly what we need,” Pirates president Travis Williams said in a statement. “He knows how to develop a winning culture. He also has a track record of attracting and developing talent, both on the field and in the front office.

Ben is constantly challenging himself, his people and the processes that are in place. He knows that our ability to drive innovation and stay ahead of the game will be important to our long-term success.”

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