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Pirates owner to be dissatisfied for a very long time

Feb 21, 2011, 6:56 PM EDT

Bob Nutting, John Russell

Pirates owner Bob Nutting showed up in Bradenton today and spoke with the media after addressing players and staff prior to workouts.

And what, pray tell, did he talk to his players about?

“It’s critically important that they understand, and we all understand, that 2011 is not going to be a year where small bits of incremental progress are adequate,” Nutting said. “I reminded them that the goal of the organization has been, since the day I got started, to build an organization that can compete and win a championship. Until we can win a National League championship, we’re not going to be satisfied with incremental progress.”

And why should they be? After all, they added Lyle Overbay, Kevin Correia and Scott Olsen to a team that won 57 games in 2010. This is pretty clearly their year.

  1. Old Gator - Feb 21, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    Pittsburgh needs to take maximum advantage of the resources at their disposal. Maybe they should put the entire team on a diet of rust.

  2. Panda Claus - Feb 21, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    All I can say is, “Bob, you put the nut in Nutting when you say things like that.”

  3. Brian Murphy - Feb 21, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    If he wants “to build an organization that can compete and win a championship,” what better time to start than tomorrow?

    • JBerardi - Feb 22, 2011 at 12:17 AM

      They’ve made sensible moves under Nutting. It just takes a while to completely rebuild a franchise.

      • vader000 - Feb 22, 2011 at 9:12 AM

        Are you kidding me? Basing your drafting strategy in the first round off of who will sign for the least amount of money doesn’t sound sensible to me. The Pirates are a disgrace and have been for many years now. I’m from Philly but it pains me to see a once proud franchise reduced to this. They have one of the nicest stadiums in the country and their fan base will support a team that wins. But, you need to spend money to win, not just on free agents but draft picks, coaches, and international players. Obviously they don’t intend to do any of that or else their payroll wouldn’t be the lowest in the majors by 4 million, and hasn’t been in the top half in decades. The only way this guy is going to make the Pirates competitive is to sell the team to someone who will do something with it. Last I checked Mark Cuban would be interested in the Pirates since he’s from Pittsburgh…. I wonder if he would spend any money hmmm……

      • florida76 - Feb 22, 2011 at 12:24 PM

        Yes, there are some positive signs with the Pirates. It has been frustrating with the losing streak and not contending since 1997. Some talented young players did well last season after being brought up in midseason. The new manager should bring some enthusiasm and intensity that was missing during the Russell regime. Also, the Pirates have spent more money than anyone in the college draft over the last three years, along with signing more international talent. I’m not sure what else the owner of a struggling team is supposed to say when asked about the goals of the franchise.

        Despite the tough times, the Bucs do have three factors in their favor. First, the NL Central will never be confused with the AL East. The Reds have been nearly as bad as the Pirates in recent years, but turned things around in 2010.
        Second, PNC Park is regarded as one of the best stadiums in baseball, even better than larger, more expensive facilities. Third, the Bucs do have a rich, winning tradition to draw from, so the potential exists for a quick turnaround with the fanbase.

  4. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Feb 21, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Perhaps the most interesting thing about 2010 Pirates was that they were 40-41 at home. Since they only won 57 games, you do the math about how bad they were on the road. In my mind, it raises the question of how a team that is basically .500 at home can be so bad on the road. If the sabremetic guys do a little number crunching they will see that this is a miracle on the order of the parting of the Red Sea. So, when it comes to the Pirates, I guess miracles can happen and Nutting isn’t out of line, he’s a prophet!

  5. heyzeus143 - Feb 21, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    paperboy wants to play big boy ball ; one problem…..okay numerous problems….bring on 19 straight

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