Pirates need to downplay Bryce Harper

Let me start by saying that there’s no guarantee that the Pittsburgh Pirates get a chance to draft 17 year old phenom Bryce Harper in the 2010 draft.  The Washington Nationals have the first pick, and as we saw with Stephen Strasburg last year, Washington isn’t afraid to pursue a tough negotiation for a player labeled as a rare talent.  However, just because Washington took Strasburg doesn’t guarantee that...

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Would a new owner change anything?

Slightly overshadowing the big news yesterday that infielder Doug Bernier has been invited to Spring Training, today we found out that Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle, co-owners of the Pittsburgh Penguins, made an unsolicited offer four months ago to buy the Pittsburgh Pirates from Bob Nutting, according to Dejan Kovacevic.  Nutting, as usual, said the team is not for sale, and that no serious talks had taken place.  Sources on...

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Neal Huntington weighs in on the payroll

I discussed the payroll a bit in my last post and I just wanted to follow up briefly. My main point was that we should not focus so much on the total payroll, but more on individual expenditures. I have no problem whatsoever with a payroll under $40 million, mainly because there are not many available free agents that I prefer to our cheap internal options. Of course, if the Pirates were to lose someone like Andrew McCutchen down the...

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Neal Huntington

I am listening to an interview with Neal Huntington on 104.7 right now, and I thought I should reiterate how refreshing it is to listen to him. He is honest, intelligent and enthusiastic any time he discusses his work with the Pirates. You get the impression that he could sit there and talk baseball for hours. I will leave you with this quote from a recent chat, which exemplifies everything that I appreciate about him as a general...

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The Littlefield Fallacy

With the recent non-tender of Matt Capps, I felt it was appropriate to address (and label) a certain line of thinking that exists amongst Pirates fans. The Littlefield Fallacy: an argument that Neal Huntington is discriminating against players in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ organization who have been acquired by Dave Littlefield, and in the process of this discrimination, performing a mass exodus of Littlefield acquisitions from the...

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