Comments on: A decade ago: Spending money to make money Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:05:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Anonymous Fri, 25 Feb 2011 16:16:00 +0000 I think Pirate management is aware that the bashers will pounce on them no matter what they say, but the majority of the people that they reach understand what they are saying.
There is one major news paper in Pittsburgh that has a few writers that seem to enjoy bashing the Pirates. Colin Dunlap seems to be fair, the rest of their writers really lay it on.
You simply can’t buy something if you don’t have any money and owners do not buy players, revenue streams buy players, Pittsburgh will never have the revenue stream of the top money teams in baseball, so to get talent they have to develop it and that is exactly what they are doing, developing takes time if players are developed correctly.
This should be the first year since Huntington has been here that he will be able to make a call to AAA and get a pitcher if he needs on versus signing an Eveland type.

By: Anonymous Fri, 25 Feb 2011 15:20:00 +0000 It is difficult to criticize an executive when the blogger depends on the largesse of the executive for access which allows him to get the interview in the first place. The same phenomenon grips the major media and reporters covering the President and Congress as well. I don’t see them as FO boosters or bashers. they are trying to do their job within the parameters that access to the top has created for them.

As far as Coonelly’s quote goes, its obvious from a business perspective Nutting inherited a very poorly run organization with a budget that had to be cut. Right now the business model seems to be that they can make money and use the money to pay down debt regardless of the performance of the team. Pouring 20 million into the team without an attendance increase could result in nearly a 5 year setback financially, which to the Nuttings and most people is not worth the risk. From that perspective I don’t blame Coonelly Nutting and Hintington for their approach and I am happy money is going towards latin america and the draft. As a fan I wish they had a larger payroll, as a businessman I understand it.

By: Anonymous Fri, 25 Feb 2011 06:28:00 +0000 I think any time Coonelly or NH open their mouths they get criticized. People just don’t take the time to understand baseball. They don’t understand small markets in an uncapped league. There is a certain way things need to be done. So, fans see this “City of Champions” where the Pirates are failures and automatically criticize. It’s understandable why people would think this way, it is just naivety at the same time. I just wish people would use common sense and realize what this FO had to start with. No minor league system, a small market, and poor draft selections from past management. Literally nothing. Andrew McCutchen, that’s it. I think the FO deserves a lot of credit for where the team is now compared to where it used to be. We have pitching in the minors. When is the last time we can say that? There are some solid position player prospects. There is hope for the future, we just have to open our eyes and see what is in front of us.

By: Anonymous Fri, 25 Feb 2011 05:58:00 +0000 I think you bloggers blew it this time. This is the one time and probably last time, FC would have a frank talk with you guys. Bloggers obviously understood what he’s up to (no one mentioned anything negative until DK did), but just not the general public.

Blogs = 80% NH fans/cautiously optimistic types. General public = 80% BFD1 types.

In a nutshell, FC should have known better than to open himself to being misunderstood.