Pirates look inward to build on promising 2018
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates bet on themselves a year ago when they traded away stars Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen, believing the return they received plus the pieces already in...
Nutting: pricey free agent would imbalance Pirates payroll
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Having watched the San Diego Padres reach a $300 million, 10-year deal with Manny Machado, Pirates owner Bob Nutting doesn't think it makes sense Pittsburgh general manager...
Does anyone else feel like the 2018 Pirates have been sucked into a political black hole?
After just a few regular-season games at PNC Park, I'm at my saturation point with one hot take topic:
"What should the fans do when it comes to attending Pirates games? Keep going? Or actively stay away?"
You know the debate.
In light of Bob Nutting's constant attempt to keep the Pirates' payroll low, do fans have an obligation to collectively refuse attending games?
Pirates fans drove hours to Detroit for opening day because of baseball and their love for the game.
Eli Sertell was wearing the No. 22 jersey of his favorite player, even though Andrew McCutchen was traded by the Pirates to the San Francisco Giants in January.
"He cried when he heard the news," Matt Sertell said of 9-year-old Eli, who elbowed his dad. "It's OK. I cried, too. I think all of Pittsburgh cried."
While Pirates owner Bob Nutting and General Manager Neal Huntington are drawing the ire from fans about the state of the team, some even calling for a boycot of the team, a national publication still thinks it's a great place to see a baseball game.
This year's Forbes' ranking of Major League Baseball parks places PNC Park at No.5 saying the park "has a view that might be the most stunning in all of baseball, with a view of the iconic Roberto Clemente Bridge and downtown."
Another buyer to challenge Pirates owner Bob Nutting for Charleston, W.Va., newspaper
The owner of a group of daily newspapers in southern West Virginia has been identified as a qualified bidder for the Charleston Gazette-Mail, The (Huntington, W.Va.) Herald-Dispatch reported.
The Gazette-Mail, West Virginia's largest newspaper, entered bankruptcy in January.
HD Media Co. LLC, owner of The Herald-Dispatch, was identified as an interested buyer of the Gazette-Mail in court documents filed Tuesday. The filing said debtors determined HD Media to be a qualified bidder.
Baseball's economic system is so broken that we already know the answers to our questions, which makes them loaded.
None were as loaded as this one, asked of Pirates owner Bob Nutting: Do you see yourself as a businessman who runs a baseball team or as a baseball fan who runs a business?
Pirates owner Bob Nutting has come under considerable heat, inside and outside the team's clubhouse, for trading MVP outfielder Andrew McCutchen and ace pitcher Gerrit Cole. And Mr. Nutting acknowledged in a recent interview that critical views from some veteran players are "correct and fair." But he also emphasized the importance of continuing the business model that led to three consecutive playoff berths from 2013-15. And he believes the team can catch that fire again if players build a championship culture. It shouldn't take too long into the regular season to see if that "culture" takes root. Here are some of Nutting's observations.
BRADENTON, Fla. – Pirates owner Bob Nutting spoke to the team before the first full-squad workout of spring training, and his message on Monday morning didn't change despite a tumultuous offseason.
David Freese finally did what no one with the Pirates — not ownership, the front office, coaching staff or players — had been willing to do.
Speak the unfiltered truth.
Freese put the Pirates on blast, top to bottom, upon arriving Friday for spring training at Pirate City.
Pirates owner Bob Nutting blames MLB's economic system and the Pirates' small-market status for focusing on the bottom line
I applaud the editorial "Pirates owner ignores fans' anger at his peril" and Kevin Gorman's excellent "Pirates owner Bob Nutting now face of franchise," about "Bottom-line Bob." Each piece highlights fan disappointment and concludes that fans have few recourses in getting Billionaire Bob to improve fan and taxpayer return on investment with PNC Park.
Pirates owner Bob Nutting is high bidder for W.Va.’s largest newspaper
Pittsburgh Pirates owner Bob Nutting is the high bidder for the Charleston Gazette-Mail, West Virginia's largest newspaper, according to a story on the newspaper's website.
The Gazette-Mail's owners agreed earlier this week to take Charleston Newspapers into Chapter 11 bankruptcy. A Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice, which warns of the potential layoffs of more than 50 people, was issued.
Pirates chairman Bob Nutting is the fourth-least popular owner in the majors, according to a poll conducted by FanGraphs.
On a 1 to 5 scale, with five being the best, Nutting drew a rating of 2. He was tied with Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos and ahead of Miami Marlins owner Bruce Sherman and New York Mets owners Saul Katz and Fred Wilpon.
Seventy-one percent of the poll voters rated Nutting as either a "very bad" or "pretty bad" owner. He got "average" ratings from 21 percent.
By trading both the ace and face of their franchise in a three-day span, the Pirates sent a resounding message:
Players come and players go, but this owner and front office will forever break your heart.
The Pirates did just that to a frustrated fan base when they sent Gerrit Cole to the Houston Astros and Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants for packages of prospects, then talked about the team's commitment to winning a World Series.
The Pirates' announced trade last week of five-time All-Star Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants led to more than the predictable blowback from fans. Jason Kauffman of Ross started a Change.org petition asking Major League Baseball to force Pirates owner Bob Nutting to sell the team. Another fan, Thomas Lennex of New Kensington, has launched a Facebook event, "Boycott the 2018 Pirates season." It goes without saying that Pirates fans take their home team seriously — and they expect no less from Mr. Nutting.
Some Pittsburgh Pirates fans are signing a petition to express their frustration following the team's decision to trade star outfielder Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants.
As of Wednesday, more than 28,000 fans signed a petition on change.org asking Major League Baseball to force Pirates owner Bob Nutting to sell the team.
Like any business owner, Bob Nutting has the right to run the Pittsburgh Pirates as he sees fit. But he ignores his customers at his peril, particularly their messages sent online and via their feet and entertainment dollars.
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- Tribune-ReviewLetter to the editor: Nutting worst owner in baseballAugust 6, 2018
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- Tribune-ReviewTim Benz: If Neal Huntington was sincere about adding to Pirates, he'd do it nowJune 19, 2018
Pirates fans urge MLB to force owner Nutting to sell
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Some Pittsburgh Pirates fans are signing a petition to express their frustration following the team's decision to trade star outfielder Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants.
Pirates fans have had enough.
It's a feeling that always simmering, but days after the Pirates traded the cornerstone of the franchise and the ace pitcher, the feeling has boiled over.
Andrew McCutchen wasn't just the face of the franchise. He was the catalyst of cataclysmic change for the Pirates.
The All-Star center fielder was at the centerpiece of their transformative turnaround after two decades of losing with three consecutive playoffs.
Cutch helped make summers fun again in Pittsburgh, bringing fans back to PNC Park by leading the Pirates into contention.
Bucs make “emotionally challenging” call to trade McCutchen
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Andrew McCutchen didn't run from the challenge in Pittsburgh, he embraced it. A rising star on a franchise mired in two decades of losing, McCutchen bet on the Pirates in the spring of 2012 by signing a six-year contract, gambling that he could become one of the game's best while helping the city reconnect with a team it had long since abandoned.
Randall family explores selling Frederick newspaper
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — The owners of The Frederick News-Post have reached an agreement in principle to explore selling the newspaper to Ogden Newspapers Inc. in West Virginia.
The News-Post reports (http://bit.ly/2mtBQOB ) that Will Randall, chief executive officer of Randall Family LLC, and Bob Nutting, Ogden's president and chief financial officer, made the announcement Wednesday morning.