ESPN Insider recently ran an interesting organizational ranking of all 30 MLB teams. Each team was ranked on several different categories by Jim Bowden, Keith Law and Buster Olney. The Pirates were ranked in the bottom tier of the poll in large part due to the talent at the Major League level, their dismal finances and the management team.
To come up with an overall score, the categories were weighted based on importance.
Major and minor league quality are given the most weight, finances and smarts are given 2/3 the weight, and mobility is given 1/3 the weight. So, for example, if everyone voted your team first in majors and minors, it would be worth 30 points, for finances and management that would be worth 20 points, and for mobility it would be 10.
The final scores are given on a scale from 0 to 100, representing a team’s percentage of total possible points.
The scores and rankings are designed to reflect how well these clubs are set up for sustained success over the next five years
Here is how the poll turned out for the Bucs.
The Majors: 5 of 30
The Minors: 21 of 30
Finances: 4 of 30
Management: 9 of 30
Mobility: 16 of 30
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