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    Nutting: Pirates success justifies another year for front office


    November 6, 2012 6:10 pm
    Peter Diana/Post-Gazette
    Pirates owner Bob Nutting and Andrew McCutchen shake hands at the news conference in Bradenton, Fla. this spring, announcing McCutchen's $51.5 million, six-year contract.

    By Michael Sanserino and Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Pirates owner Bob Nutting said while he was angry about his team's late-season collapse, he believes the team's success this season justified another year for his management team.
    "We clearly have a number of things in the organization that have gone right," Nutting said during an interview with a group of reporters today. "As angry and frustrated as we were about August and September, it's taken me a month to come back and to recognize that last year was still the best season that we've had for 20 years and we didn't get there by accident."

    After playing 16 games over .500 in August, the Pirates collapsed for a second consecutive season and finished with a losing record for the 20th year in a row.

    Fan anger -- and Nutting's anger -- prompted the owner to undertake a lengthy review of the team's operations, a review he said is still ongoing. Nutting said he considered making personnel changes in the front office.
    "If you're angry, you count to 10," Nutting said. "If you're really angry, you count to 100. If you're incredibly infuriated and frustrated, you wait four weeks.

    "We considered all kinds of alternatives. 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."

    Nutting also indicated the Pirates would likely scale back its military style training that it has used recently with some of its prospects. Nutting said while the players do not go through as rigorous routine as boot camp, the focus of the baseball development staff must be on player safety and to produce the best baseball players.
    He said he would like to find an "appropriate balance."

    "We should not be, will not be, are not a paramilitary organization," Nutting said.



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    Default Re: Nutting: Pirates success justifies another year for front office

    Pirates owner Bob Nutting announces no front office changes

    by Matt ShetlerPittsburgh Pirates.

    Pittsburgh Pirates’ owner Bob Nutting has been very quiet ever since he announced that he would be conducting an investigation on whether or not the Pirates’ front office would return.

    Tuesday, Nutting broke his silence when he announced that the entire front office would return for the 2013 season.


    Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review confirmed the announcement via Twitter.
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    #Pirates Nutting says entire front office will stay intact. Hoka hey drills likely to end.
    6 Nov 12
    The vote of confidence for the entire staff will not please many Pirates’ fans.

    Team president Frank Coonelly, general manager Neal Huntington and assistant GMs Kyle Stark and Greg Smith all will be back, Nutting said, 42 days after Coonelly had said the same in his own statement. Nutting conducted his own internal investigation, interviewing dozens of people inside and outside the team.

    Nutting did say that he’s not done with his investigation, but insists that the timing isn’t right for any moves.

    One thing he did put a stop to is the military type training that has been a popular topic of conversation during the course of the past month.

    Nutting told the Trib that he instructed the front office to focus on baseball.

    “I believe that our primary responsibility is to develop baseball players to play baseball and win championships at PNC Park,” Nutting said. “We are not and we should not be a military organization. We should not run a boot-camp environment.”

    Now that it is official that everyone is coming back next season, the next question will be how short the leash should be on everyone from Huntington and his staff all the way down to manager Clint Hurdle.

    For their sake, they better get off to a good start because that leash should be very short.
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