Could Colorado Rockies play a role in Pittsburgh Pirates GM search?

With the Pittsburgh Pirates looking for a new general manager, could one of the Colorado Rockies staff members be in consideration for the title?

An article by’s Adam Berry had Colorado Rockies assistant general manager and assistant general counsel Zack Rosenthal as one of the 10 names on a list to watch when the Pirates are narrowing down the selection process for their next general manager.

Neal Huntington was relieved of his duties as Pittsburgh’s GM earlier this week as the Pirates continue a complete overhaul of their leadership. The dismissal follows the Pirates also booting their manager (former Colorado skipper Clint Hurdle) as well as the team president.

According to Berry, Pittsburgh is looking for someone with a different viewpoint that can provide a boost for the sagging Pirates.

“Chairman Bob Nutting said the Pirates need ‘another burst of innovation,’ ‘a fresh approach’ and ‘a fresh look at identifying what those inefficiencies in the market place are, how we take advantage of them.’ And Williams mentioned that the Pirates will model themselves after consistently successful small-market clubs,” Berry said in his article.

When describing why Rosenthal might be a fit in Pittsburgh, here are Berry’s thoughts.

“Rosenthal has all the necessary experience, and he is rumored to be interested in taking on a new challenge. He has served as legal counsel, argued in arbitration hearings, worked on free agent contracts and organized Colorado’s analytics department on a relatively limited budget.”

According to Colorado’s media guide, Rosenthal became a part of Colorado’s front office in February of 2006 as an intern in Player Development. Rosenthal joined the Rockies after working for the Boston Red Sox as an intern in Fenway Affairs, and following a year as an Account Manager with the Oakland Athletics.

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This past season was Rosenthal’s 14th season with the Rockies and fifth as assistant general manager of baseball operations and assistant general counsel.

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