Kevin McClatchy decided to open his mouth to the media a couple of times this week and proceeded to show the world what a fool he is. First he stunned Pirate fans living outside the City of Pittsburgh by telling them he isn’t concerned about what they think:
‘"My skin’s a little thicker when I get criticized by people who don’t live in the city of Pittsburgh," McClatchy said "The people I’m really concerned with are the people who live in this community, who work in this community, and who can come to our games. We have great fans all over the country, but I’ve got to worry about the ones who live here, because they’re our customers."’
Wow. What a lame thing to say. Not only does he alienate the youth by fielding a poor product the last 10 years, now he says he doesn’t give a hoot about anyone who doesn’t live in the city.
The last time I looked there were 3,385 zip codes in the Pirates media blackout range. Seems to me if McClatchy cares less about any of those living in the 3,000+ zip codes outside of Pittsburgh, they shouldn’t be blacked out. Know what I mean? Not only that, but look at how far the Pirates blackout zone ranges in this map (approximate):
Do you see that tiny speck called Pittsburgh? Now look at who else McClatchy cares less about. I mean, not one of those folks outside Pittsburgh ever go see a game, do they? Families don’t travel from Ohio, or NY, or WV, or even other cities in PA to see the Pirates do they? I mean, just exactly *where* does Kevin’s ‘community’ start and end?
You know, if he wanted to say I care *more* about those attending games all the time then he should have said that. But, he didn’t. He’s only interested in those in his community.
McClatchy is a bone head.
Then, in the same article, McClatchy attempts to pick a bone with Cuban by saying:
"My only thing with Mark is … since I’ve been in sports, it doesn’t matter if it’s baseball or basketball, there’s always been sort of a professional courtesy given to other owners. You all know that what you do is difficult, so you don’t criticize each other…
"If Mark came in here, I don’t think he do too much different than what we’re doing at this time," McClatchy said. "I have nothing negative to say about Mark. But there are slightly different economics in Major League Baseball than there are in certain other sports (leagues)."
In one sentence he says owners should be courteous to other owners – not to criticize each other. In the next sentence he says Mark has no clue about baseball economics and Cuban wouldn’t do anything other than what he is doing.
Huh? What kind of double-speak is that?
McClatchy is a bonehead.
Duffy to AAA. Well, sitting on the pine in Pittsburgh won’t help him so kudos to Littlefield for *finally* making some sort of a decision what to do with him. The bad thing about this is that Duff was never given the shot to relieve some pressure by batting 8th. Nor was he given a shot to start the year healthy – Littlefield threw him on the field less than 100% to start the year.
But Duff said his words before he went to Indy and I hope the kid got everything off his chest to the man who screwed him up the most – Jim Tracy.
Poor Humberto Cota. He catches Oliver Perez’s madness all year and then the fans cast a ‘you stink’ award on him because everytime he is receiving, a pitcher bombs. Take Snell yesterday. I mean, it had to be Humberto’s fault that Snell was throwing straight heat up in the zone. It had to be Humberto’s fault that every batter in the lineup was hammering Snell, including the pitcher. Sure – it was Cota’s fault. See what happened when Cota was put on the pine because of a bruised kneecap and Paulino took over? Like magic – the pitchers pitched perfectly. I guess since the offense scored 8 runs in 2 innings and they had travel plans didn’t have a thing to do with it. LoL
Release Cota. It’s HIS fault. Right? I mean, he had only caught two games since April 25th and both of those were with Perez so him dropping 4 pitches last night (it was 4 wasn’t it – I might have lost count) makes him an easy fan target.
Fans are boneheads too sometimes.
Pirate batters have now K’d 1 time every 3.1 times with runners in scoring position. This has to be a MLB record.
Our D is just plain horrible. I have mentioned this over and over. Nate and Jason take bad routes to balls and have weak arms thereby allowing runners to advance like water running downhill; Freddy makes some amazing plays then fails to make others; sometimes our middle infielders make the DP, sometimes they don’t; Freddy’s weak arm at SS is now so apparent even slower players are reaching when a ball is hit in the hole; and so on.
When we have our ‘better’ D in consisting of Jack, Randa, and Duffy, we held opponents to 3.3 runs per game average and the team’s ERA tanked into the high 2’s. When Freddy started playing 3B then moved to SS and Nate playing in the OF, we are now allowing 5.1 runs per game average. That is 1.8 runs per game difference.
We do score a bit more runs with Freddy and Nate in the lineup.. 0.7 more per game. So the offsetting value is -1.1 runs per game and, over 162 games would mean an extra 178 runs scored against us and 20 more losses.
That’s H U G E.
There isn’t much Tracy can do with both Jack Wilson and Joe Randa on the DL. If he benches Freddy for Jose Hernandez and a tad better defense, he’ll lose the run production. If he plays Freddy at 3B where he isn’t as exposed, then puts Bautista in CF he might limit some of the defensive woes from advancing base runners but then he sits a hot bat with Nate. And we all know Burnitz isn’t coming out anytime soon where Nate could take his place.
It is going to be very hard to win any games with the D we currently have with Jack and Randa on the bench unless our starter throws a 2 runs game or less. The way Jack was hitting, he evens out Randa’s lack of offense (even though Randa has been one of the better clutch hitters) but the defensive upgrade totally merits their playing over Sanchez and Bautista. So that puts Bautista in CF and Nate on the bench. Hurry back Jack and Joe.
I’m still hearing Kyle Drabek is our #1 pick for the draft this year. I don’t even think it would matter if Lincoln was available.. I think the org is pretty well set on another high school kid. Kudos to Kyle but I’d take Lincoln in a flash over Drabek because, if nothing else, Lincoln could be in the pen by 2008.
Tony LaCava would make an excellent GM. Everybody say his name now – Tony LaCava. Maybe McClatchy will hire someone from within his ‘community’.