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Russell, '82 first-round pick, candidate for manager

PHILADELPHIA -- Former Philadelphia Phillies catcher John
Russell will be the seventh person to interview for the team's
vacant managerial position.

Russell, who currently serves as the Pittsburgh Pirates' third
base coach, will meet with Phillies officials next week, general
manager Ed Wade said Wednesday.

Former manager Larry Bowa was fired with two games remaining in
the Phillies' disappointing season that left them in second place
in the NL East, 10 games behind the Atlanta Braves.

Russell was a first-round pick by the Phillies in 1982 and spent
his first five major league seasons with the club.

The Phillies have already scheduled interviews next week with
former managers Jim Fregosi, who guided the team to the World
Series in 1993, and Buddy Bell. Atlanta hitting coach Terry
Pendleton will also be interviewed.

Bell's son, David, is the Phillies' regular third baseman.

Other former managers, Don Baylor, Charlie Manuel and Grady
Little, have already been interviewed by Philadelphia.

John Vukovich, a coach with the Phillies for the last 17
seasons, has accepted a new position as the special assistant to
the general manager, Wade said.