Pirates' Bob Nutting Discusses Factors That Led To Team's Turnaround
Pirates Chair Bob Nutting today at the '14 Veritix Sports Facilities & Franchises conference in Pittsburgh discussed the franchise's approach to building through the draft and investing in a baseball academy in the Dominican Republic. Nutting: "I'm not a patient person, particularly. ... 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."
He also talked about establishing a master plan for PNC Park for the next decade: "We have been in PNC Park for 14 seasons, and we need to continue to invest in and improve the fan experience. We have had good incremental improvements in the ballpark. But the process we are going through now is really a 30,000-foot deep dive into what our vision for the ballpark is 15 years from now, trying to find what the best ballpark in 2030 is going to look like. ... I think PNC Park has sustaining legs as one of those iconic ballparks, like a Wrigley, like a Fenway, that has iconic sustainability."