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MLB Franchise Notes: Bob Nutting Lauded For Pirates' Turnaround
Published October 7, 2013
STEP RIGHT UP: In N.Y., Richard Sandomir wrote the Mets "are, for now, a middle-market franchise playing in New York." That is "what happens when a team’s owners have been fleeced by Bernard L. Madoff and have made some bad free-agent signings, and their ballpark grows emptier each season." But playing the "middle-market game is not wrong." Mets GM Sandy Alderson "understands that you can get by on a payroll" of less than $100M. But now he needs to "prove he can do it in Flushing, where big (and questionable) spending worked out badly." It "cannot be easy to be forced to play the role of a middle-market franchise in a marquee city" (N.Y. TIMES, 10/6).
MAN OF THE PEOPLE: In Cincinnati, John Fay wrote Reds President & CEO Bob Castellini "is a fans-first owner who is also a fan," which is a "big reason Dusty Baker will not be back as manager." Trying to keep fans happy "can also be the worst thing an owner can do" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 10/6).