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I offer without comment this quote from Neal Huntington last Sunday on his radio show: “There are a lot of really good baseball people in the industry that feel very differently than our fans do about what we’re accomplishing and how we’re accomplishing it.”
"There are 47% of our fans who believe that they are entitled to a winning ballclub, to the playoffs, to a World Series title; obviously, they're never going to be happy, my job is not to worry about those people."
Not the drafting and scouting, mind you -
Kovacevic: The Pirates wish their fans were smarter
You could brag to buddies that your team would never get no-hit, and you’d always be right. Even amid the 20 worst seasons any franchise in any sport had put together, this lived on.
Oh, that's being questioned, too. For all the talk about the big money the Pirates have spent in the draft, the ROI on their draft spending has been nothing special.
What did Kovacevic mean by this? I mean, it seems obvious that he's saying the Pirates hadn't been no-hit in awhile but is that really something that was talked about a lot in town? And just how long had it been? Had they never been no-hit?
That's directly related to the player development issue. For the most part there has been little criticism of the draft picks under Huntington at the time they were made,
Lowest point for the franchise since 20-0.
I suspect he was indicating how at least Pirate fans had something to brag about and now even that (the lack of being no-hit since 1971) is gone.
The Chicago Cubs have gone longer than any other team without having been no-hit (Sandy Koufax's perfect game in 1965). Obviously, this isn't a statistic that correlates terribly well with overall team success.
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