Five New Years Resolutions for the Pittsburgh Pirates

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FORT MYERS, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 22: Derek Shelton #9 of the Minnesota Twins poses for a portrait during Minnesota Twins Photo Day on February 22, 2019 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Changing the culture

The 2019 season for the Pirates was a disaster on the field, off the field and in the clubhouse.

Keone Kela was suspended by the team due to an incident in the clubhouse.  Kyle Crick fought with bullpen staff and was injured in an altercation with Felipe Vazuqez, who ended up in prison on despicable charges relation to sexual relations with a minor.

These incidents as well as on-field performance led to an overhaul of changes within the organization.

With Travis Williams, Ben Cherington and Derek Shelton on board, the culture is already set to change.

In his introductory press conference, Shelton voiced his desire to change the culture in the Pirates clubhouse.  He wants to develop relationships and have fun, but also wants the players and coaches hold each other accountable for their actions.

The new personnel and existing personnel need to also believe that they can become and will be winners again.  After three years of no playoffs for the Pirates and a disastrous 2019 campaign, this can be tricky.  However, it seems the right people are in place to get the Pirates back to the postseason sooner rather than later.

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With what seems to be the right people in place in the organization, it is time for playoff baseball to return to this city in the coming years.  These five resolutions will hopefully be the first steps in bringing back Buctober.