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Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Who's accountable in Pittsburgh?

First, the intro to Dejan Kovacevic's interview with Pirates owner Bob Nutting, and then a couple of questions:

It's far too early to talk about "accountability" in the Pirates' front office, considering that: 1) the men at the top have been in their positions for slightly more than two years, and 2) it's not like they've been making a bunch of stupid mistakes. Yeah, the Pirates nosedived after July, going 18-41 the rest of the way. In June and July, they traded Nate McLouth, Nyjer Morgan, Jack Wilson, Freddy Sanchez, and Adam LaRoche; that is, three-fourths of their infield and two-thirds of their outfield. And someone's supposed to be held accountable for the Pirates' record?

If all the prospects the Pirates have acquired in the past couple of years don't lead to a 70-win season in 2010 or '11, then we can start talking about accountability in the front office.