Williams: It Appears the Lack of Direction From the Pirates Has Been Noticed by the Players

Williams: It Appears the Lack of Direction From the Pirates Has Been Noticed by the Players

BRADENTON, Fla. - This past weekend provided a crazy start to Spring Training for the Pirates. David Freese, Gerrit Cole, and Josh Harrison all spoke out about problems the Pirates had.

Freese said the team lacked a winning culture.

Cole agreed with Freese, and added some more points about the Andrew McCutchen trade.

Harrison talked about a lack of communication in the organization.

Then, on Sunday, Clint Hurdle and Neal Huntington had their say, noting that they've already had these conversations with the players well before they were made public issues. They also addressed the possible breakdown in communications.

This situation has been interesting to watch from the reporting side. There are some things that Alan Saunders and I have heard from the players in off-the-recor...

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