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Nutting: ‘I’m just flat-out angry’

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Principal owner Bob Nutting on Friday said the Pirates’ performance and record this season are “totally unacceptable and incredibly frustrating,” but did not sound ready to make wholesale changes with either the coaches or in the front office.

“I’m just flat-out angry with the results,” Nutting said during an interview with the Tribune-Review. “But I really do believe the course we are on will get this franchise turned around.

“The pieces that have been put in place are the right pieces. The people who are doing it are the right people. We are not going to abandon ship at this point.”

Nutting’s comments came a day after president Frank Coonelly revealed GM Neal Huntington and manager John Russell were given contract extensions last October. Russell and Huntington are contracted to the team through the 2011 season.

The Pirates have lost 11 straight games and take a 23-43 record — the lowest in the National League and second-worst in the majors — into tonight’s game against the Cleveland Indians.

“Frankly, I expected the team to play better,” Nutting said. “Boy, I wish we’d never hit this stretch. But, also, the plan that has been put in place is beginning to show results.”

As he reiterated that the franchise is not for sale, Nutting pointed to the recent arrivals of highly touted rookies such as Pedro Alvarez, Brad Lincoln and Jose Tabata as reasons for hope.

Lineups for tonight’s game:

Indians (25-40) – 1. Trevor Crowe cf, 2. Shin-Soo Choo rf, 3. Carlos Santana c, 4. Austin Kearns lf, 5. Jhonny Peralta 3b, 6. Shelly Duncan 1b, 7. Anderson Hernandez ss, 8. Jason Donald 2b, 9. Fausto Carmona (5-5, 3.23) rhp

Pirates (23-43) – 1. Jose Tabata lf, 2. Neil Walker 2b, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Garrett Jones 1b, 5. Ryan Church rf, 6. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 7. Ryan Doumit c, 8. Ronny Cedeno ss, 9. Paul Maholm (4-4, 3.63) lhp

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Comments

  1. BuccoMike says:

    Someone needs to ask Mr. Nutting if he knows what the single constant over the last 2 decades of losing has been. Maybe he’ll figure it out then. Hint: As George Costanza use to say, “it’s not you, it’s me”.

  2. Ron says:

    Then do something about it! Like getting the youngsters some veteran help but not cast offs. We need established players who produce but that requires spending money. So until you do that stop blowing smoke up the fans butts!

  3. John Zimmerman says:

    Every Pirate fan in the country is frustrated and angry, but Nutty is the only fan who can do something about it: Sell the damn team to someone who knows what (s)he’s doing.

  4. joel says:

    Mr. Nut[ting], you get what you pay for.

  5. Kenny M says:

    Someone should remind Mr.Nutting that you get what you pay for. 36 million dollar payoll is absolutely horrific in todays baseball. I am tired of hearing about how Pittsburgh a small market and the team can’t spend money for free agents. The Penguins and the Steelers don’t seem to have a problem spending money. The Nuttings have absolutely run this team in the ground. They spend more than any other team during the draft but that’s fools gold. No team can solely depend on homegrown talent and expect to be able to compete year in and year out. Management says that if the Bucs are close to a playoff spot they would be willing to spend or become buyers instead of salers…….i mean “wholesellers”……because it always seem that the Pirates get the short end of the stickwhen it comes to trades. WE FANS NEED TO BOYCOTT THE ORGANZATION AND STOP ATTENDING GAMES…….NOT ALL SEASON BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE STUPID…JUST ONE WEEK ……OUR FRUSTRATION WOULD BE LOUD AND CLEAR!!

  6. Ron says:

    A BIG part of this problem is MLB itself. More specific the current economic system. A owner like Nutting is guarenteed to make money by keeping payroll low regardless of the product on the field. Luxary tax plus TV revenue guarentees that. I would like him to attack that. Rally the small market teams for change. Only with a cap will there be a level playing field. Unfortunately I think he likes things just the way they are at the expense of the fans. Do not just boycott the Pirates, boycott baseball itself!

  7. Jk says:

    Who is he trying to kid, the only thing he cares about is putting money in his pocket. Not putting a better team on the field. The Pirates ownership is the laughing stock in baseball.

  8. Shrowd says:

    Wow..

    Lots of venom today.

    Twins, Marlins, Rays, Texas, Atlanta.

    All are examples of good teams with homegrown talent. It takes 5-7 years to pull this off. We finally have a management team willing to buckle down and do this. We are in year #3, already seeing results from the past drafts.

    Boycott the Pirates if you want. But the new management team has us on the right track.

    Our payroll is low… but who would you have them go out and get in free agency? Besides the 100 million players. The others out there are just not that good.

    Good for the Pirates investing it in the Draft, International signings, and upgrading facilities around the world.

    Go Bucs, the future is looking better all the time.

  9. The last of the dinosaurs says:

    Mr. Nutting thinks that you, the Pittsburgh baseball fan, is stupid and brainless.

    He may be right. It’s obvious that the league is in need of a firm Salary Cap, every other one of the major sports has one. The Pirates use the imbalance of the league as an excuse for why they can’t win, and Mr. Nutting shoves the proceeds from the “luxury tax” into his pockets instead of into the team.

    Meanwhile the local taxpayer and local Bucs fan continues to pump money into the franchise.

    Why shouldn’t Mr. Nutting think you’ll believe that he’s “Just flat out Angry”?, you bought all of the other lies “lock ,stock and barrel”

  10. BB says:

    I have gone to more Pens games in the past year than Pirates games (2-0). I refuse to go to any games while this front office continues to perpetrate the fraud of pretending to try to build a team. All they are doing is pocketing their welfare checks and being a farm team for the likes of the Yankees and Red Sox.
    Sell this team to someone who will at least TRY to win Bob Nutting and slink back to WV.

 
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