Baseball and newspapers on the cheap
Baseball on the cheap
Last night, Pittsburgh Pirates owner Robert Nutting traded one of the team's best and most popular players, Jacob Stallings, to the Miami Marlins for prospects. As it currently stands, the Pirates do not have a replacement catcher with any significant major league experience.* From reactions online, the . . .
How will Ogden Newspapers react to the legislation? The answer may not be as obvious as one might think.
By a vote of 220 to 213, the House passed the Build Back Better Act earlier today. The $1.75 trillion bill now moves on to the Senate.
The vote, with one Democratic exception, was along party lines which means that all three WV representatives voted against the bill. Here is the statement by our local representative, David McKinley, . . .
A look at the evolution of Wheeling’s “newspapers” and their owner, Robert Nutting, on sports betting
Betting on sports moves from “bad” to “good”
The first editorial that I could find about sports wagering in our local Wheeling “newspapers” was from August 2015 and it was clearly negative:
More Legalized Gambling Bad Bet
After the United States Supreme Court announced that it would hear arguments on the . . .
Updating the similar business models that guide Robert Nutting’s professional baseball team and newspaper chain
I originally wrote about these business models in January of 2018 and I’ve periodically updated.
Baseball on the cheap: Do actual fans matter?
Pittsburgh Pirate owner Bob Nutting has struck again: it’s another season and another terrible team.
Last Wednesday night was beautiful: sunny and warm with low humidity – a . . .
Tonight, two of the best pitchers in baseball meet in the deciding game of an American League Division Series match-up. What do the starting pitchers have in common?
Here’s a hint:
Tomorrow’s pitching matchup. pic.twitter.com/3HrkTNfGr9— Pittsburgh Clothing Co. (@PGHClothingCo) October 9, 2020
For the record, the Bob Nutting-owned Pittsburgh Pirates traded away both Gerrit Cole and Tyler Glasnow in 2018. What did the Pittsburgh Pirates get for Cole? From MLB.com:
After . . .
A fall 2020 update of the Nutting business model
Over the last two years, I have done several posts on what I believe is Robert Nutting’s business model for his newspapers and his baseball team (“on the cheap”). (I first described the model here.) The plan entails spending as little as possible while producing a less-than-mediocre (at best) product. Here are some very recent events that may . . .
Bob Nutting’s Pittsburgh Pirates are on-course to set baseball’s modern-day record for the worst-ever winning percentage (with 8/20 update)
Baseball on the cheap (part 37)
The 1916 Philadelphia Athletics had a .235 winning percentage which is the worst-ever season in baseball’s modern era. As of today, the 2020 Pittsburgh Pirates have won four games out of nineteen for a .211 winning percentage. If they play all 60 games on their schedule, they will need to win 11 of their remaining 41 games (a .268 clip) to . . .