Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Pittsburgh Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon and general manager Dave Littlefield each received contract extensions on Monday prior to the season opener versus Philadelphia.
McClendon was named the 35th manager in team history on October 23, 2000. After the team struggled to a 62-100 record in his first year at the helm, the Pirates rebounded in 2002 with a 10-game improvement. Pittsburgh once again increased its win total last season with 75.
"Lloyd has shown strength and determination in his leadership abilities," said Littlefield. "He's been an asset to the Pirates by helping us make steady progress at the major league level and overall improvement throughout the organization."
McClendon has been a part of the Pirates' organization since 1990. During that time, he has served as a player, minor league hitting coordinator, major league hitting coach and manager.
The 43-year-old Littlefield was named general manager on July 13, 2001.
"During his tenure with the Pirates, Dave Littlefield has improved the major league club and has done an outstanding job with our entire minor league system," said CEO Kevin McClatchy.
In 2003, the minor league system produced the best winning percentage among all organizations and each affiliate reached the post-season.