Tag: Frank Coonelly

Revisiting Frank Coonelly’s Arbitration Comments

Friday was kind of like Christmas to me. I got to update my payroll spreadsheet with official salary figures for the eight players on the roster that were eligible for salary arbitration. I enjoy this because it clarifies my projection, and simply because I love any kind of transaction news. However, I couldn’t help but […]
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First Pitch: The Pirates Have Parted Ways With Frank Coonelly

The Pirates and Frank Coonelly have mutually agreed to part ways, according to Jason Mackey of the Post-Gazette and confirmed by multiple other reports. Editor’s Note: My First Pitch article was running long today. I originally had two articles planned — one for today and one for tomorrow — but they worked better as one […]
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An Early Look at an Estimated 2020 Payroll

Once any realistic hopes are gone for playoff contention, there’s not much left to look forward to in sports, especially if a team falls out of contention relatively early. For the Pirates, few individual storylines remain, aside from Bryan Reynolds’ run at a battle title and Rookie of the Year Award. In reality, the rest […]
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Where Do Revenue Sharing Funds Go?

As one of the slowest times on the sports calendar, the Major League Baseball All-Star break brings about a lull that often leads to the discussion of off-the field topics. Sure, many fans would prefer to focus on what’s happening on the field, but with no games to be played, attention tends to shift for […]
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Gajtka: Numbers Say Pirates Fans Aren’t Dead, Just Hibernating

The numbers beggared belief, but they were real. According to reporting by Maury Brown of Forbes.com, of the 29 Major League Baseball franchises, the Pirates attracted...

First Pitch: The Narrative About the Pirates Payroll, and Facts About...

One of the most popular topics in Pittsburgh surrounding the Pirates is Bob Nutting and how much money he should be spending. It’s not a topic you find on this site often. And that isn’t to say that I take the opposite stance of most Pittsburgh media — that approach being that he should spend […]
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First Pitch: The Only Thing About TV Revenue That Matters

The controversy surrounding the Pittsburgh Pirates’ local TV deal is a strange one. The Pirates are considered a small market team, or low revenue if you prefer. Their TV deal has been reported to be one of the lowest in the game, in a time where teams are signing huge TV contracts right and left. […]
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Frank Coonelly Fighting for Small Market Teams Against the Yankees

I’ve talked a bit on here about the changes that have been discussed for the posting system for Japanese players. If you’re unfamiliar with the system, it is the process that allows a player from a Japanese league, such as Nippon Professional Baseball, to sign with a Major League team. The former agreement allowed teams […]
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Huntington’s Deals Indicative of Focus Beyond 81 Wins

The streak is over. It ended Tuesday with a bang, after Travis Snider’s pinch-hit, go-ahead home run in the ninth inning. Now, Pirates fans can focus on more significant items on the agenda as the Pirates play out their final 23 games of the 2013 regular season. The most significant item on said agenda is […]
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Frank Coonelly: Pirates Plan Payroll Increase, Ticket “Price Adjustments”

The Pirates plan to increase their Major League payroll next season, team president Frank Coonelly told Pirates Prospects. The team has raised overall salary for its MLB players by about $9 million per year each of the last three years, according to a “strategic plan” for payroll Coonelly discussed in a one-on-one interview. “Our plans […]
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The 2020 Prospect Guide is Now Available!

Pirates Prospects took the leap to being my full-time job at the end of the 2010 season, all thanks to the release of our...