Saw a post from the wise “Ron in McKeesport” earlier, and he brought some thoughts and stats to the table. Below in italics is from Ron.
Clint the “over managing” Hurdle has a career record of 1085-1134-1. That is a winning percentage of 48%. Can you live with that?
The Rooney’s cannot. Mike Tomlin 103-57. Winning percentage of 64%
Mario cannot. Mike Sullivan 83-37. Winning percentage of 67%. Dan Bylsma was 252-117 which is a winning percentage of 66% and he got fired.
Face it, it all starts at the top and Nutting is satisfied with mediocrity. The Pirates have the 8th highest operating income in all of baseball at 51 million yet act as though they are on welfare. It’s embarrassing.
Here is another crazy stat. The Pirates have the 3rd highest profit percentage out of all 32 teams in MLB. Chew on that like Hurdle chews on gum. There is no light at the end of the tunnel, just the same old BS and false promises. “Pitt” iful.
I looked at Ron’s case and want to add to why Hurdle is the Pirates Biggest Hurdle. As Ron says, yes, he is used to losing. In addition to a sub-500 career managing record, he has only had 4 winning years in 15 of managing. The Pirates are in 4th place for a reason. On the offensive side they have the 4th highest average in the division, the 5th most (last) in home runs and 4th in stolen bases. In the defensive side, the earned run average is 4th in the division. Hence…the Pirates are 4th. But they wouldn’t be if:
1) We had some semblance of a consistent lineup where we played our best players and did not give “regular nights off” to so many so often.
2) We were not so slow to recognize issues like Watson closing (and blowing five of them) when the entire world knew that Rivero should be closing.
The Pirates would probably be a game or two OVER 500 if just the above had happened. And at the core of the reasons that #1 and #2 have been allowed to happen, is number 3…the bottom line.
3) If Hurdle was truly In it to Win It rather than the mentality of “everyone plays and everyone gets a trophy” attitude. A Loser Leader produces Losing Teams. It is their comfort zone.