Pittsburgh Pirates

Pirates Fans Swindled by Management...Again

PITTSBURGH - APRIL 13:  Jack Wilson #2 of the Pittsburgh Pirates gets ready infield during the Opening Day game against the Houston Astros at PNC Park on April 13, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Anthony EmersonAnalyst IJuly 30, 2009

Breaking News: Pittsburgh Pirates' management forfeits season!

The Pirates' faithful have been dealt a knockout blow from their upper management by trading the Bucs' stellar double-play combo of Jack Wilson and Freddy Sanchez to Seattle and San Francisco, respectively.

The Bucs now forfeit the 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 seasons.

Couple that with the elimination of their corner infield stick in Adam LaRoche (dealt to Boston for virtually nothing), not to mention the potential demoralization of his brother, third baseman Andy LaRoche.

Along with the acquisition of the anemic Lastings Milledge, who wasn't even good enough for the Washington Nationals' active roster. The player who the Bucs gave up for Milledge was Nyjer Morgan, who has been absolutely owning the basepaths for the Nats.

What about the All-Star and Gold Glover Nate McLouth? He was traded to Atlanta for Charlie Morton, Gorkys Hernandez, and Jeff Locke.

The excuse given by the Pirates' brass, "We think his defense is going down, so we wanted to trade him while his stock was still high." [I'm paraphrasing]

What I'm getting at, is that the Pirates are throwing away their present for a future that might not happen.

Once the prospects become good players for the Pirates, they'll be traded for more prospects, and once those prospects become good players for the Bucs, then they will be traded for more prospects. The Pirates are getting themselves in an endless, vicious circle.

The first way to get out of the circle: get a new owner.

Next step: fire the GM, and hire one that actually cares more about the team being fielded than finances.

Until that happens, the Pirates will never be relevant.

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