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Huntington’s Deals Indicative of Focus Beyond 81 Wins

Huntington’s Deals Indicative of Focus Beyond 81 Wins

The streak is over. It ended Tuesday with a bang, after Travis Snider's pinch-hit, go-ahead home run in the ninth inning.

Now, Pirates fans can focus on more significant items on the agenda as the Pirates play out their final 23 games of the 2013 regular season. The most significant item on said agenda is a deep playoff run.

Success for the Pirates has started from the top, and at the top is Neal Huntington.

The mindset for the Pirates to not just attain moderate success in the regular season is one that has become embodied by the likes of general manager Neal Huntington, president Frank Coonelly, and owner Bob Nutting.

Look no further than the moves made by management last week to acquire Marlon Byrd, John Buck, and, later, Justin Morneau.

"The ultimate motivation, as you all have, we’ve watched this club, this major league staff work hard, do a lot of really good things this year," Huntington said Saturday. "We felt that this move gives us a better chance to play in Oc...

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