Pirates part ways with President Frank Coonelly, replacement to be named
Bob Nutting has, indeed, begun firing everyone.
And good for him.
At 10:37 a.m. Wednesday, the Pirates officially announced that the team and Frank Coonelly "agreed to part ways," confirming my exclusive reporting the previous day in Tuesday Takes that he was on the way out. The announcement included quotes from both Nutting and Coonelly, portraying the split as amicable, but I'm told -- and have been told for weeks, as I've been reporting in that time -- that Nutting wasn't done with his housecleaning in Clint Hurdle Sept. 29.
I'll say it again, this time from the figurative top of Mount Washington: Good for Nutting. This was to his credit and no one else's.
Now, let's see what's next, particularly as it pertains to Neal Huntington and the actual baseball operations. Because there's a mountain of work still ahead.
Like most, I'd presume, I ripped through the announcement looking for any clues about what'll follow, and this was the pivotal paragraph in the portion quoting Nutting: "Frank and I both agreed that it was clear a change in the day-to-day leadership of the club is needed. This leadership transition gives us the opportunity to refresh our entire operations. Internally, the organization is energized as we prepare to introduce our new president on Monday, while we continue to work to identify a new field manager and build our coaching staff."
OK, so a new team president will be in place Monday. That's one piece.
But the money phrase in there, of course, is "the opportunity to refresh our entire operations." Because there's almost no way to interpret that other than that there's a ton more to come. If Nutting believes -- and I couldn't know if he does or not -- that a new team president will "refresh" anything at all about a mechanism this monstrously flawed, then he'd be a mile deep in delusion. And at this point, with this move now having been made, it's obvious he isn't.
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Bob Nutting doesn't care about the Pirates. So why do you? The man who owns and operates this 133-year-old, once-proud civic institution doesn't care whether they succeed or fail on the field. Now, more demonstrably than ever,
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