Five Intriguing Facts About New Pittsburgh Pirates GM Ben Cherington

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The Pittsburgh Pirates recently hired their new General Manager, Ben Cherington. While we wait for Cherington to determine the direction the team will take during the off-season and into the 2020 season, let’s look at some intriguing facts about the new hire.

1. Ben Cherington is the first GM the Pirates have hired that has won a World Series

The Pittsburgh Pirates, on paper at least, got extremely lucky when they hired Ben Cherington. Without a doubt, Cherington is the most decorated GM to be hired in Pirate history. The Pirates hired their first General Manager in 1946 – his name was Ray Kennedy. Between Kennedy and Cherington, the Pirates have hired ten GMs, not a single one had a World Series ring before coming to the Pirates. In fact, the majority of those GMs had not even held a GM position previous to being hired by the Pirates.

Cherington has high-level experience in two different organizations and saw success in both of those positions. The World Series ring speaks for itself in Boston, and it is very difficult to find any negative remarks about Cherington’s tenure in Toronto. Hopefully, Cherington can use his experience and professionalism to turn this Pirates franchise around.