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The More Things Stay the Same, the More They Change

The More Things Stay the Same, the More They Change

Pirates GM Neal Huntington signing autographs at Petco Park.

A little under a year ago, things weren’t exactly looking up for Neal Huntington and the Pirates’ front office. The team had improved significantly over the previous two years, but had just suffered its second straight late-season collapse. A lot of fans – including me – thought the team should find a new GM. More importantly, principal owner Robert Nutting had stated he was going to do a thorough review, one that was widely expected to result in the firing of Huntington, or at least some of his top assistants. In the end, Nutting made no moves, but that merely increased the pandemonium. One headline blared, “Nutting Chooses Failure.” And then there was the endless trumpeting – lasting literally the entire off-season – of non-stories about Navy SEAL training that wasn’t actually Navy SEAL training, and silly motivational e-mails, as if these things were more vital to a baseball team than, you know, baseball. Obviously, I t...

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