Pittsburgh Pirates owner Bob Nutting met with the team and coaches today, discussing his expectations. After the meeting he met with the media to discuss his conversation with the players, along with other topics.
"It is different this year," Nutting said on the team meeting. "As we're talking about the level of expectation...we've achieved so much as an organization, we're in a stronger place than we've been, but we need to be moving forward. We need to get better. We can't be satisfied. Every team in the league, every team in baseball is now aware of us and pushing forward, and I think this is a group that understands that and is ready to move forward."
Nutting also added that he shared with the players the importance of having appreciation and respect for the fans of the city of Pittsburgh.
"The response the city had to the players and to the team last summer really reemphasized to me our responsibility and the player's responsibility to perform, and to give every day, ever...
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