As first reported by Cory Giger over at The Altoona Mirror, the Pittsburgh Pirates have informed Altoona Curve manager Matt Walbeck that he will not be welcomed back to the organization for the 2011 season.
And really, it makes sense.
I mean, it’s not like the guy led his team to the Eastern League championship in a year in which he won the Manager of the Year Award. That picture of Walbeck you see to the left? Definitely wasn’t taken after he got done celebrating on the field with his team after they won the title.
And it isn’t like he’d won three league championships and Manager of the Year honors four times in six seasons.
Because if that were all true, then it would be a really, really ridiculous decision.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com