Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Tuesday Pirates Rant™

Well...not a rant per say...just a guarded reaction to news that might be good and might not: the Pirates have hired Neal Huntington to replace Worthless Dave Littlefield as General Manager. Just like the new president they hired a couple weeks ago, Huntington is saying all the right things so far, and he comes from the Cleveland Indians--pretty much exactly the franchise the Pirates need to emulate.

However, it's not a slam dunk hire. For one thing, he was recently demoted from Cleveland higher-up to...well, less-higher-up. He basically went from GM Mark Shapiro's right hand man to being an advance scout. They say it was by choice--scouting's his #1 skill, and he requested the move--but...yeah, that's a bit strange. However, I will make no judgment until Spring Training. Needless to say, he's got an infinite amount of work to do in the meantime, and we'll see pretty quickly what he's made of. He can't be worse than Dave Littlefield, can he?

(And yes, when Littlefield was hired, everybody was saying "He can't be worse than Cam Bonifay, can he?" He was.)

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