PITTSBURGH, July 6 (UPI) -- Kevin McClatchy, the front office leader of the Pittsburgh Pirates for 11 years, said he will step down from that position at the end of the season.
McClatchy was a key part of a group that worked to keep the Pirates in Pittsburgh in 1996 and also spearheaded efforts for a new stadium. He has been the team's chief executive officer since 1996.
McClatchy said Friday he decided a few months ago to resign "so the organization can move forward with a fresh perspective."
"I have worked hard for more than 11 years in the best interest of the Pittsburgh Pirates, our fans and the community and will continue to do so," McClatchy said. "I have confidence in this team. We have played better recently and remain focused on having a strong second half."
Pittsburgh, 38-47, is fourth in the N.L. Central Division and has won seven of its last 10 games.