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Van Slyke wants to steer Pirates' ship

Former Cardinals outfielder Andy Van Slyke wants to manage the Pirates next season, and that's no April Fools Day joke.

Slick, who was dealt to the Pittsburghers on April 1, 1987 for catcher Tony Pena, has told the Bucs that he wants to be considered for their open skipper job, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"I know that I'm a good coach," Van Slyke told the Post-Gazette. "The players responded very well to me in Detroit [were he was a coach from 2006-09 under former Pirates skipper Jim Leyland]. I know the game well enough, I've been on winning and losing teams."

But Van Slyke noted that he might be a little bit short in the resume department.

"But I've got a couple of things going against me for anyone that would hire me: For one, I've never managed in the minor leagues," Van Slyke told the Post-Gazette. "But there have been very successful [major league] managers who never managed in the minor leagues. Whitey Herzog was just inducted into the Hall of Fame, and he never managed in the minor leagues."

If Van Slyke were to get the job, I'm not too sure that the managerial experience would matter all that much. Seriously, the Pirates haven't had a winning season in 18 years. Do they think the manager is going to be the difference between the World Series and the second division?

Having a "name" manager might spark a little interest from the fan base. But before the Bucs can seriously contend -- or draw a decent crowd -- they're going to have to add a lot of talent to the roster.