Pittsburgh Pirates owner Bob Nutting understands why fans were upset about his team’s epic late-season collapse.
Heck, Nutting was mad too. So mad, in fact, he needed a full month to cool off before deciding the best way forward.
In the end, when his blood pressure returned to normal, Nutting decided to use a scalpel instead of a hatchet.
“If you’re angry, you count to 10,” Nutting told reporters in an offseason roundtable discussion Tuesday. “If you’re really angry, you count to 100. If you’re incredibly infuriated and frustrated, you wait four weeks.”
Ultimately, Nutting opted to maintain the status quo. Other than hiring former major leaguer Jay Bell as the team’s hitting coach and reassigning first base coach Luis Silverio to senior Latin adviser for minor league operations, he settled on keeping management intact, manager Clint Hurdle and General Manager Neal Huntington included.
Nutting pointed to the arc over the last few years – and not the swoon that sent the Pirates to a 20th straight losing season – as the reason to stay the course. The Pirates were 16 games over .500 in August but faded over the final six weeks to finish 79-83. The end hurt, but Nutting believes the long view shows just how far the franchise has come.
“We considered all kinds of alternatives,” Nutting said. “At the end of the day, the progress that the organization has made – when you look at the seven-game improvement last year, more than
20-game improvement over two years, the rankings of the development system – we do have a much stronger organization than we did.”
Posted: November 07, 2012 at 06:22 AM | 8 comment(s)
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