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SBD/June 12, 2014/Facilities
Pirates Launch Ten-Phase PNC Park Study; Nutting Looks To Build On Recent Success
Published June 12, 2014
TURNING THINGS AROUND: Nutting yesterday sat for an extended Q&A as part of the Sports Franchises & Facilities Symposium. He addressed the Pirates' approach to building through the draft and investing in a baseball academy in the Dominican Republic, saying, "I'm not a patient person, particularly. You can ask people who work with me. But we needed to do the right thing for the long haul. ... We began to see an impact about two years ago, when we saw a team that was playing better baseball with the right building blocks. Last year, we saw it develop in a big way, our first winning season in 21 years. To see the passion of Pittsburgh light up was a confirmation that some of the rocky travel we took was worth it." After making the postseason last year for the first time since '92, Nutting said the most important thing the team needs to do is "earn the trust of this community and the fans." He said, "We need to reward their commitment with our own commitment that we are going to do everything we can to make the Pirates better. We need to earn their respect and trust." Nutting added the Pirates will never use the MLB revenue landscape and the size of their market "as a reason we can't succeed." Nutting: "We have a certain hand we are dealt and it includes market size and the way revenue is handled within the league. Our responsibility is to be realistic and be as efficient as possible in utilizing our assets. We need to use the resources we have as effectively as we can. We can't have a scapegoat mentality" (THE DAILY).