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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:

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 . . .

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October 09, 2020

Newspapers and baseball on the cheap

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 . . .

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September 29, 2020

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 . . .

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August 19, 2020

More “baseball on the cheap”

Representative McKinley and now Senator Capito are concerned about the future of minor league baseball. What about Bob Nutting and the Wheeling Intelligencer?

From The Hill:

Congress and MLB are barreling toward a showdown over the league’s plans to eliminate 42 minor league franchises across the country ahead of the 2021 season.

The league insists the plan is needed to improve the finances of minor league baseball and conditions for developing players. But MLB is facing . . .

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February 28, 2020

An update on my recent “Baseball on the cheap” post about Bob Nutting and the Pittsburgh Pirates

Look closely, there were some fans in attendance

Two weeks ago, I blogged about how Bob Nutting, the owner of our local “newspapers” and the Pittsburgh Pirates, ran both organizations in a similar fashion -- as cheaply as possible with no interest in quality. Here’s a look at PNC Park (home of the Pirates) a few minutes before the . . .

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September 05, 2019

Baseball on the cheap: Bob Nutting and the Pittsburgh Pirates

A 2019 update

In January of 2018, I speculated that Pittsburgh Pirate owner (and Ogden Newspaper owner) Bob Nutting’s business plan for the team was something like this:

  • 1. Field an inexpensive team by trading/not signing quality (higher salaried) players.
  • 2. Use “building for the future” and “restocking our depleted minor league system” . . .

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August 22, 2019

Bob Nutting, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Ogden Newspapers

Taking "baseball on the cheap" to a new level

Baseball on the cheap (a continuing story)

Robert Nutting owns the Ogden Newspaper chain and he's the principle owner of baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates. Editorials found in his papers regularly brag about his company's commitment to journalism. In his media interviews about his baseball team, Nutting repeatedly asserts his . . .

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June 27, 2018

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