Neal Huntington completed his ninth season as the General Manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2016. He was appointed to the position on Sept. 25, 2007, thus becoming the 12th General Manager in the history of the Club. In his role as Executive Vice President and General Manager, Neal is responsible for the entire Baseball Operations department, which includes overseeing the Major League Club as well as the scouting and player development systems.
During his tenure, the Pirates have won 358 regular-season games over the last four seasons, the fourth-highest total in Major League Baseball. Prior to joining the Pirates, Neal worked as a Special Assistant to the General Manager for the 2007 American League Central Division champion Cleveland Indians.
In his role as Special Assistant to the General Manager, Huntington served as an evaluator and advisor for Cleveland General Manager Mark Shapiro, providing recommendations. Neal began his Major League career in the Montreal Expos organization in June of 1992. He spent the 1994 campaign as the video advance scout for the Montreal Expos Major League Club and was then promoted to Assistant Director, Player Development, after the 1994 season, where he assisted in all aspects of Montreal's Player Development system.
Neal played four years of baseball at Amherst College in Massachusetts, where he graduated in 1991 with a degree in Psychology; he also holds a Master's of Science in Sports Management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.