Tag: Neal Huntington

Words are Nice, but New Pirates’ Front Office Must Follow with...

“We’re in the Endgame now.” For those who may not remember, or have no idea what I’m referencing, these words were uttered by Dr. Strange in Avengers: Infinity War as justification as to why he willingly gave up the Time Stone, despite an allegiance and pledge to protect it at all costs. Of course, it […]
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Nutting Promises Changes to Pirates’ Business Model in Addition to Personnel

PITTSBURGH — One of the hallmarks of Neal Huntington’s tenure as Pittsburgh Pirates general manager was the persistent notion that the club could be a consistent winner without being beholden to windows of contention. Monday, his tenure ended, as Pirates owner Bob Nutting fired Huntington with two seasons remaining on his contract. Huntington’s departure followed […]
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Pirates Name Travis Williams Team President; More on the Huntington Move

The Pittsburgh Pirates put out two press releases this morning, announcing the hiring of Travis Williams as the new team president, as well as one covering the firing of Neal Huntington, which we heard earlier this morning. They also announced that Kevan Graves, who has been serving as an assistant GM, will serve as the […]
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Pirates’ Prospects and the Peter Principle

For anyone who has ever worked in any kind of professional setting, we all have seen it—an employee who is in way over their head. At one point or another, this employee was competent at their job, but that competence was rewarded with a new challenge that they ultimately just weren’t cut out for. This […]
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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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Examining Optional Assignments and the Pirates

There are plenty of roster intricacies in the Major League Baseball Rulebook that can be difficult to understand in theory and application: Designated for Assignment, waivers, outright assignment, 25-man roster versus 40-man roster, and service time, just to name a few. These intricacies have consistently interested me, and I always had to rely on sites […]
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How Much Payroll Can the Pirates Trade Away?

Well, as Ron Burgundy might say, “That escalated quickly.” This wasn’t a topic I anticipated visiting quite this early, but after the entire pitching staff’s performance has seemingly fallen off a cliff, and twenty losses in their last twenty-nine games (as of June 20th) have the team hovering around last place in the division, it […]
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Gajtka: Pirates Awaiting Breakthrough, But Still Back From The Dead

The Pirates are probably not making the playoffs this year. You could probably determine that on your own, even after a welcomed series win in...

Pirates GM Neal Huntington on Trade Deadline Moves

PITTSBURGH — Pirates general manager Neal Huntington spoke with the Pittsburgh media following his trade deadline acquisitions of right-handed starter Chris Archer from the Tampa Bay Rays and right-handed relieve Keone Kela from the Texas Rangers. Here’s the full video of Huntington’s press briefing.
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Pirates Acting With More Urgency Than Usual? Recent Moves Say ‘Yes’

PITTSBURGH — After rising as high as nine games over .500 in mid-May, the Pirates have sagged as June approaches, but you can’t accuse team management of sitting on its hands. To the contrary, the past week has seen four personnel/roster adjustment, each of which has been a nod toward the here and now. First […]
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