There have been a lot of confusing aspects to the State College/Pirates relationship, which ended last week when the Spikes signed a two year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals. There have been a lot of conflicting reports, some speculation, and some comments taken out of context. As an example of the conflicting reports, I've seen that the Pirates wanted four years and the Spikes wanted two years. I've also seen that the Spikes wanted four years and the Pirates wanted two years.
One of the big misconception is that the Spikes were trying to offer suggestions for player development. In Rob Biertempfel's piece about the Spikes moving on, he has the following comment.
Sources say the Pirates accepted very little feedback from the Spikes on things such as how to market the club.
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