John Perrotto Talks Pirates at Baseball Prospectus


John Perrotto is one of the top dogs at BP.  He penned a little Pirate talk today and also used the word penuriousness in describing Bob Nutting.  Here are some of the lines from the ‘premium content’ article.   Oh, let me save you the google search:   penuriousness – a state of lacking money

The Pirates, though, insist things are different this time. They are adamant that this stab at rebuilding is going to take hold and restore credibility to the franchise. 

PECOTA isn’t  so bullish on the Pirates’ short-term future, as it projects them to finish 70-92 this year, which would be the worst record in the major leagues, but it would be an improvement over their 62-99 mark in 2009. The Pirates will also have the lowest payroll in the game at estimated $35 million, which is part the penuriousness of owner Bob Nutting, who believes in making a profit first and winning second, and the fact that the Pirates have a young roster devoid of many players with the necessary major-league service time to make much over the minimum $400,000 salary.

Andrew McCutchens’ quote was the highlight of the article for me. 

“People won’t know how good we are going to be until they watch us. I’m not a guy who makes predictions. I don’t know what our record is going to be. What I do know is that we’re going to have a much better team because Neal Huntington went out and got a lot of good players.”

Tags: Andrew McCutchen Baseball Prospectus John Perrotto

  • leadoff

    1. I think the Pirates need an advanced scout

    2. I agree with Andrew McCutchen, I could not come up with a single amount of wins for this team this year. I think it would be more like a range. Could be anywhere between 72 and 82. I Think using 62 wins as a base to predict this year is wrong. Last years team had many reasons for winning 62 games, this years team should not have the same problems as last years team had.
    3. I like the logo

    • http://rumbunter.com Shaftie

      Leadoff The team will certainly be entertaining in 2010. A few to many question marks for me, but as I stare at this snow pounding us, I am really looking forward to the entertainment. It cant get here fast enough. I can’t get my hands around a win total either.

  • http://www.pittsburghsportstavern.com Kipper

    It’s a shame. I gave Perrotto some props for being a baseball mind this offseason and he pushes out this crap that sounds like he plagiarized Bob Smizik?

    • http://rumbunter.com Shaftie

      Kipper-Hilarious.

  • MarkInDallas

    You have to remember that Perrotto is pissed that he was fired from working for Nutting. You know what they say about fury and women scorned. Same goes for newspaper writers.

  • Leadoff

    mark

    You have to remember that Perrotto is pissed that he was fired from working for Nutting. You know what they say about fury and women scorned. Same goes for newspaper writers
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    I think the Pittsburgh media in general has a problem with the Pirates, very few of them give objective opinions. Most look at last years record and draw conclusions from that.

    • http://rumbunter.com Shaftie

      Exactly leadoff. Most still seem scorned by the Jack Wilson trade too. Long distance love affairs are such work.

  • Leadoff

    Shaftie
    The team will certainly be entertaining in 2010. A few to many question marks for me, but as I stare at this snow pounding us, I am really looking forward to the entertainment. It cant get here fast enough. I can’t get my hands around a win total either.
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    Lots of question marks I will agree with.
    On the win total, I could not do it the last two years, but this year might be easier. last year they were still breaking up the team and adding players, this year I believe the breaking up will be considerably less and a “core” will be formed. From this core they will build IMO.