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  1. Fat Jimmy says:

    Oh, well. Given the positive implications of the #21 to this franchise, I am declaring now that the Streak will be broken next year.

    DK: Beautifully stated.

  2. Bizrow says:

    Right now, I don’t see any way in which next years record is any better than this years.

    AJ won’t have the W/L record he has this year

    Cutch might not hit in the .330’s

    JMac might not win one game next year.

    Hanny will possibly be gone.

    Legend is having his best season ever right now.

    And as folks have said, the sticks in the flooded system, what there is, is no where close to the major league level.

    This IMO was the high water mark season for a while.

  3. 21sthebest says:


    It looks to me like Stark was 29 when the Pirates hired him.

    DK: Perils of the live chat. Being fixed right now. Thanks!

  4. 21sthebest says:

    I just figured it was a typo but I thought it was a material difference that you’d want to fix.

  5. JMB says:

    I wonder how often NH’s name will come up in chats six years from now.

  6. wally says:


    Funny… now every time I think of Pirates baseball, Pop Goes the Weasel keeps running through my head….its driving me crazy.

    Great Sid column, by the way!

    DK: Thanks! Glad you liked it. Fun doing a little pucks.

  7. Dcpinpgh says:

    If I were part of the front office I would go on every media outlet I could, and keep repeating that ‘I inherited the worst baseball team since the 1930’s”. Just about half of the Pirates fan would give me a pass.

  8. pghboyinca says:

    Hoka Hey!!! One loss away from another non winning season…Don’t just retain them, hire them for life!

  9. Hurdled says:

    Here is a sobering thought…….

    San Diego, yes that San Diego team, is only 1.5 games behind the Pirates now.

    DK: Wow.

  10. Leefoo says:

    I kinda get the feeling that DK wants our BMTIB to get canned. Not sure why I feel that way.

    also not sure why he insists that what FC said IS NOT what Bobby N would say. Just beyond belief that what FC said wasn’t cleared with BN.

    NH, Greg and Kyle are coming back! Deal with it and move on! Please.

    Hookah Foo


  11. Leefoo says:

    I loved how Dejan mentioned that we could’ve gotten Lee in that Bay deal as proof NH is incompetent. At the time, Lee was either in the minors or working his way back up and was NOT the ace he is now.

    I remember thinking “god, surely they can get more for Bay’. As it turns out, I was wrong, but…..

    NH has admitted he left a deal on the able which would’ve been better (rumored to be Hellickson)’ but every GM has their bad deals or ‘one that got away’.


  12. Leefoo says:

    I get tired of the ‘an idiot’ could’ve made those hight first round picks.

    Uhhhhhh…I think not. Go back for the drafts from 2000-2009. Quite a few of those top 5 picks in each draft have failed. You’re probably familair with a handful….Moskos, Lincoln, Clement, D Tate, Tim Beckham….something like 33-40 percent have FAILED!

    Even in 2009, the year of our ‘overslots’ most of those pitchers were highly rated. And the same development team that supposedly failed to develop them managed to develop other pitchers and players.

    And, pitching prospects don’t always come p and set the world on fire, no matter their pedigree. Lool at Roy halladay for one. I could name countless pitchers who can’t just come up and set the world on fire. For every Marty Bystrom who does, there’s a Homer Bailey, who was a top 5 BA prospect, but is just another ‘guy’ for the Reds.

  13. Thundercrack says:

    Plus, wasn’t it reported that it was FC who vetoed that Cliff Lee trade?

    Foo, I know why you have the feeling that DK wants the BMTIB to get canned: You’ve been reading his columns and blog.

  14. Thundercrack says:

    I think drafting Sidney Crosby could have been done by an 11 year girl.

    Pedro and Cole. I am not so sure.

    I am with Foo in that I’m a bit tired of hearing that anyone could have made this draft pick or that draft pick.

    DK: At No. 2 after the Rays advertised in advance that they’d take the cheap route and pick Tim Beckham, Pedro was — at that time — a near unanimous choice.

    I’m liking my girl’s chances here.

    Cole was a near-universal No. 1, head and shoulders above his class.

    Did I mention my girl is an EXCELLENT reader?

    Even Taillon was there.

  15. Leefoo says:

    TC….I shudda carried YOUR pizza that day!



  16. Leefoo says:

    NUMBER 14….TC….I loved the Sid comment!



  17. Thundercrack says:

    Foo. I eat chick peas. It makes me this smart.

  18. Leefoo says:




  19. Dejan Kovacevic says:

    DK: Yet another Pirates column for Friday. Yet another surprise. Yet another piece founded 100 percent on fact that disciples will counter only by attacking the messenger.

    I kid, I kid.

    (But not about the column.)

  20. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Can’t wait for that column. Not much else to look forward to this season unless Nutting pulls his head out of the sand. ;)

  21. Milo Hamilton says:

    I got your back. But they’re wearing me down. Slowly but surely.

    DK: Me, too, man. Been a miserable few days. But I feel strongly that this is right, based on what I know.

    More at midnight.

  22. Drew71 says:

    Dejan – It’s not newsworthy. Whatever it is. But it’s not.

    DK: I accept that advance criticism, Drew. It’s not only not newsworthy but also vendetta-inspired.

  23. Eric Bowser says:

    I hate hackers…. (work related)

    and apparently, Pirates do too.

  24. Franklin says:

    I should have specified in my last question. Would Littlefield have an affect on the first few years of the Huntington regime? Someone once said to me that since Littlefield has the better record, he is the better general manager and it was as cut and dry as that. Wouldn’t Littlefield have more of an affect on the Pirate’s record in the first few years after his tenure, than Huntington?
    Thank you.

  25. pattonbb says:

    I don’t think I can handle many more surprises.

    I just wish I could wake up tomorrow and it be June again. I want to see meaningful baseball.

  26. I have a simple question. Why was it such a reliable guess that the Pirates would lose today?

  27. Eric Bowser says:

    @pattonbb – I have a dream…………

    @Officer Mancuso – Was it really a guess?

  28. keebbuc says:

    Is it ever a good day to die with 76 wins?
    Would you rather die known as a hippie, hells angel, or post 92 pittsburgh pirate?
    What are the odds that a major league baseball team has a historic collapse two years in a row? How unlucky can you get? I mean we don’t even have a curse by golly! (Is stupidity a curse?)
    If a team full of rod barajas clones played a team of clint barmes clones, who would win? Would the game ever end, due to unending runs scored or no runs scored?
    If I lashed myself with a cat of nine tails and prayed to davey jones would root sports stop playing that commercial with the song “the sun is shinin every day…”? It haunts my dreams like the soundtrack to the horror film known as my devotion to the wretched Pirates sports franchise.

    I am so mad right now I couldn’t read the whole q&a haha. The organizational message versus the reality of their actions is laughable.

    DK: So you didn’t see the gratuitous “Hoka Hey” at the end?

    Maybe tomorrow.

  29. Thundercrack says:

    I think you should take a look at the top picks of 2011 again. I’m glad they took Cole, but I’m not sure he was near universal.

    You’ve done some great work over the past few weeks on the Pirate stories.

    But I did think some of your answers in the chat today were a bit unprofessional. Just my opinion.

    DK: The time at which my daughter is hypothetically going through BA is right in advance of the draft, not with the benefit of hindsight. Cole was the choice.

    I don’t know how you’d define unprofessional, but I only ever get this type of sensitivity from baseball fans, and I’ve always kind of thought that’s because they spent many more years reading me as beat writer than columnist. I can understand that.

    If you mean something else, you’ll have to explain.

  30. Arriba Wilver says:

    DK–all I can say is I’m with you right now—something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

  31. Drew71 says:

    What are you two doing in Denmark?

  32. Arriba Wilver says:

    Trying to find out who killed the King.

  33. keebbuc says:

    Question: Littlefield or Huntington?
    Answer: Littlefield. He had a way sweeter haircut. Wins are relative right? I mean, success is measured relatively to yourself right? But I guess Littlefield won just as many games anyway. So really Littlefield was probably more efficient with resources too. No latin american academy or scouting, goin cheap on draft picks, just straight up chillin’ maybe fixin his lego hair, same result…

    “The sun is shinin’ every day…” buuuuu WWAAAAAAA dooo do do do *seizure*

  34. BarryVanBonilla says:

    That was an enlightening column. The takeaway for me was that Bob Nutting wasn’t concerned one way or the other with any assurances made by Frank Coonelly about the future of the front office. He (Nutting) can overrule that decision any time based on the information and analysis of the same he undertakes after the season. If I was Huntington, Smith or Stark, and I was resting my hopes on the outcome of that process, I wouldn’t feel terribly comfortable. I’m all for his taking his time. The more time he takes, the easier this decision should be.

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