Pittsburgh Pirates: A Positive Outlook for 2020
With a new-look Pittsburgh Pirates staff and some talented young assets, it’s finally time to put the negativity aside and just enjoy the rest of the process.
Many Pittsburgh Pirates fans have bashed on the team for years now as they see it as a franchise that “doesn’t want to win.” However, after the moves made so far this offseason, it seems as if that is no longer the case.
The organization finally took action and cut ties with general manager Neal Huntington, manager Clint Hurdle, hitting coaches Jeff Branson and Jeff Livesey, pitching coach Ray Searage, bench coach Tom Prince, assistant GM Kyle Stark, and president Frank Coonelly.
That’s exactly what most Pirates fans wanted to see, aside from the fact that Bob Nutting is still the owner of the club. It’s a monumental step in the right direction for the fans and for the team.
The guys that the club has brought in so far have also been very good signings. New GM Ben Cherington, team president Travis Williams, assigner GM Steven Sanders, and new manager Derek Shelton are guys that know how to win.
On top of that, the roster is filled with a bunch of scrappy guys that want to bring the buzz back to Pittsburgh. The 2020 Pirates may not be a team loaded with superstars, but it is evident that they have guys that want to win.
Staying on a positive note, the Pirates have guys that are going to be very fun to watch this season regardless of their record. Just think about how fun it was to watch guys like Bryan Reynolds, Josh Bell, Starling Marte, Kevin Newman, and Joe Musgrove even when the team was struggling.
It will be very interesting to see if Newman, Bell, and Reynolds can follow up on their very successful 2019 with the same or even more success in 2020. If they can do that and the team gets decently consistent contributions from the rest of the lineup, they will be able to win a lot more ballgames than expected.
There is no point in being negative toward every move the Pirates make or don’t make. As a fan of the Pirates, go pack PNC Park again, cheer on your beloved Buccos, stay positive, and enjoy the ride.