Did Pirates Fans Force Management's Hand?

What was different this time around at the deadline?

Matt Koll
August 02, 2018 - 12:06 pm
Bob Nutting, Neal Huntington, Frank Coonelly

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- While most Pirates fans are elated and excited about Chris Archer and Keone Kela coming into the organization, the moves made at the deadline left others thinking: "What changed?"

In the past, the Pirates have loathed to part with their top prospects in order to bring in Major League talent that could push them further toward winning right now. 

This time, while just a few games over .500 and still a few games out of a Wild Card spot, Austin Meadows, Tyler Glasnow and Taylor Hearn were all shipped out. Why now?

The Fan Morning Show with Colin Dunlap and Jim Colony discussed this today and wondered if owner Bob Nutting looked at some of the empty seats in PNC Park this year and said to himself, "I need to change this." 

Although attendance certainly isn't everything in making the franchise money, it sure does help to get those butts in the seats with the food and beer flowing. 

We know by the TV and radio ratings that there is a captive audience. The team ranks toward the top of the league in ratings despite the lowly attendance numbers.

Colin and Jim do believe the fans had a certain impact. It may not have been the deciding factor, maybe that was left to both Archer and Kela having controllable contracts, but the guys think the fans did catch the attention of management and nudged them to act. 

If that's true, you're voice was heard Bucs fans. Now go out and enjoy this team. 


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