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@jlease717 I'm sure in some fictional uncomplicated world in which everything is simplistic and black + white that's true. But in the real world it's not.
8 months, 1 week ago on It's your fault that the Pirates suck
@Bjorn nitmo What does that even mean? Without some specifics defining what 'demanding' means it is as used above nothing but hot air. I think it's safe to say Pat's expectations--or at least my expectations--were/are that I want the Pirates to build an organization that can be competitive for many years and possibly challenge for a title.
@BlknGld4life There are plenty of legitimate criticisms of the Pirates front office. I made several below. In terms of broad strokes Bob Nutting has as an owner committed resources in the only fashion that makes sense for a small market team rebuilding, to Latin America, the amateur draft etc. Did he hire the right people to spend that money and execute the strategy of building from within? Based on what we're hearing, quite possibly not.
There are a lot of reasons for the Pirates two decades of losing. From my perspective one of major ones was completely ignoring Latin America (from which about 33% of players on ML rosters currently hail). In doing so they reduced their pool of players enormously and in doing so it's no surprise they were so terrible for so long. That Starling Marte was the first LA signing to come through the system and play in the majors since Jose Castillo tells you all you need to know. The shambles the Latin American program was in is well documented by DK during his time at the PG: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/pirates/pirates-in-the-caribbean-mining-for-diamonds-623478/
You could certainly argue the Pirates should have more talent in their system to show for their overslot spending (I would). However if you follow the system closely it's pretty clear there's been a vast improvement in the past 5 years.
1 year, 2 months ago on A few words about the Kyle Stark stuff
@dbazz5 Have you read Pat's blog before? I would guess not because if you had you'd know that you'd be hard pressed to find anyone more deeply invested in the team, who's spirits are lifted higher by their successes and crushed by their failures.
Whether your intentional skewing what Pat wrote or simply choosing to view it through a lens that fits your preconceived notions I don't know. But in this very post Pat simply said those criticisms, at least as individual entities resonate with him less than say the manner in which the Pirates chose to spend in the draft or internal criticisms from employees working under Stark et al.
I tend to agree with your take and commented essentially as such over at the Trib Blog. There's a tendency to focus on an email or an incident rather than the larger picture. I imagine there's a context , say if the Pirates hadn't collapsed, in which all of the above (hells angels, navy seals, etc) would be lauded as being responsible for success. How we view these things tends to be influenced by the present narrative.
However I think it's impossible to ignore the larger point, which is that there may well be a significant problem with the culture of the Pirates management. I often find myself 'defending the front office' on blogs and in conversation, not because I think there aren't things one should be critical of, but because I think a particular criticism lacks merit. For instance local journalists and/or commenters will often derisively bring up the Pirates 'obsession with years of control.' The reality is that pretty much every team (except perhaps for the Dodgers and Yankees) value years of control but if you're only getting your baseball news from local sources you might not realize this isn't unique to the Pirates. But to say the Pirates farm system (which is by all accounts pretty good and certainly improved talent wise) should be even better based high picks on the $ spent is a totally reasonable criticism. To build any sort of sustainable success the Pirates need to not simply be average at acquiring and developing amateur talent they need to be well above average, and there's a fair amount of evidence to suggest this not the case. Yes there are some exciting prospects in the system. But can we say with confidence that they can continue to add such players with draft spending constraints and without the benefit of Top 5 picks? I can't.
But back to the matter at hand. My take away from the Stark email is essentially that it seems to be full of a lot of empty bluster and hollow rhetoric. This might not mean much in and of itself but I'm being to think increasingly as I stated above that this might be indicative of large organizational culture. More disturbing than any of this recently reported news to me is this first hand account that was posted on Bucsdugout as well Dejan's blog, which I assume you've likely read Pat. If not the link is below, I'd be curious at your thoughts:
@Carnegie Chip Maybe I'm overrating him but I don't think Polanco as a lesser prospect. Obviously only in low A right now. But I have a feeling he'll be on all the Top 100s this year and will be one of the Pirates top prospects in a few years. His terrific K/BB ratio, power, and speed have me very excited.
1 year, 4 months ago on Rosenthal: Pirates 'not currently optimistic' about finding hitter | July 2012
There's a really potentially exciting group of guys at AAA, who should provide some great bullpen depth regardless of how things shake out. I'm thinking of Morris, Hughes, and Wilson (assume he works out his control issues) in particularly. I imagine those guys will find their to the ML at some point this season regardless of where they start and with Hanrahan, a (hopefully) healthy Meek, Resop, Leroux, and that trio more soft tossers for the Bucs.
1 year, 8 months ago on What's going to happen in the bullpen? | March 2012
@azibuck A reasonable point but ultimately I'd prefer Bedard, Burnett, Morton, Karstesn, and McDonald over him in the rotation. Assuming those guys are healthy I wouldn't mind seeing him as a long man in the bullpen.
1 year, 9 months ago on Charlie Morton takes the mound | March 2012