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Frank Coonelly Offers Support For Neal Huntington

Rob Biertempfel reports that it looks like Neal Huntington will get a contract extension:

"I will say what I've said for a number of years now, and nothing has changed: I expect Neal to be the GM of the Pirates for a long time," Coonelly told the Tribune-Review on Friday. "I think he's done a very solid job putting this organization together and getting our baseball operations to the type of championship level we're looking for."

Huntington almost certainly would have been extended for another year even if the Pirates hadn't performed surprisingly well so far this year, but now that they have, it's pretty much automatic. Huntington is still obviously a very divisive figure among Pirates fans, but the possibility of a .500 has quelled a lot of the criticism this year.