Robert Nutting: More “baseball on the cheap” and a new venture
Nutting’s baseball team continues to be among the worst in baseball
Here is Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley announcing last night’s Pittsburgh Pirates/Boston Red Sox game:
Dennis Eckersley on the Pirates (roster construction, payroll, etc):— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) August 17, 2022
"You talk about a no-name lineup. There's no team like this."
"This is a hodgepodge of nothingness."
"It's ridiculous. It really is. Pathetic." pic.twitter.com/qwPBnmkDTD
The Pirates currently have the fourth worst record in baseball, and they show little prospect of improving. And unlike other baseball franchises, there is little hope for the future. In 2021, the Pirates had the third worst record in baseball with only the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Baltimore Orioles recording more losses. The current Arizona team has won eight more games than the Pirates and Baltimore has won sixteen more games. Additionally, this year’s Orioles are only a half-game away from making the playoffs.
A new Nutting undertaking gives rise to a new blog tag: “whiskey on the cheap”
Pirates owner Bob Nutting is buying Wigle Whiskey and Threadbare Cider & Mead.— Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (@PittsburghPG) August 11, 2022
From: @bobbatzjr ⬇️https://t.co/qn5wc5YzKP
From that article, here is the owner’s explanation as to why she sold to Nutting:
After more than a year of looking for companies that could take over, they were delighted to find a local buyer who they believe cares about Pittsburgh and its history. That includes the parts that interweave with the Whiskey Rebellion, which Pittsburgher Phillip Wigle helped start after the Revolutionary War, and Johnny Appleseed, the inspiration for Threadbare.
Over the course of the past year-plus, Ms. Meyer Grelli said, her family and its representatives very quietly talked with a wide range of potential buyers — everyone from venture capitalists to big international spirits corporations.
But once they began talking with Mr. Nutting several months ago, “it was immediately clear that he was the right home,” she said.
The "right home"? That’s some nice spin from Grelli, who teaches entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University. (I assume she researched how Nutting runs his newspapers and baseball team.)