After the Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up their 2012 season with a 4-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves at PNC Park, owner Bob Nutting said that he was angry and frustrated by the final outcome of the season. On July 28, the Pirates sat at a 58-42 record -- a season-high 16 games over .500 -- and just three games behind the Cincinnati Reds for the National League Central. They held a spot in the Wild Card standings, but similar to 2011, the Bucs saw themselves spiraling through a second-straight season-ending collapse.
"I think that it’s increasingly clear that there are no easy answers or silver bullets," Nutting said. "I would love to be able to come back out four weeks after the season and say, ‘ we've identified two things that will transform the organization.’ I am more convinced than ever that it’s not one or two things, that it’s a multitude of good decisions that we need to make day after day after day with relentless process and be able to continue the improvement that we have."