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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

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

Ogden: Newspapers and baseball on the cheap

Two recent stories that didn’t make the local “newspapers”

Ogden buys Ogden (UT) newspaper and then lays off 29 employees

From the Associated Press on Saturday:

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Standard-Examiner newspaper has let go of 29 employees as it undergoes a transfer to new ownership.

The northern Utah newspaper reports that the employees were told Thursday their positions . . .

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May 15, 2018

Politicizing baseball: Pittsburgh Pirate mascot shows up at a Republican rally

Bob Nutting's baseball organization becomes a team player in supporting Ogden newspapers' backing of the Republican Party and its rightwing candidates

On Thursday night, the Pittsburgh baseball club's mascot, the Pirate Parrot, and its president, Frank Coonelly, appeared at a Republican function that also included Kellyanne Conway and the Republican candidate for the hotly-contested special election in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, Rick Saccone. From KDKA Pittsburgh:

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March 10, 2018

Another look at Ogden's business plan for baseball and newspapers

Baseball and newspapers on the cheap 2

Two months ago, I wrote a post about how Bob Nutting essentially runs the Ogden newspaper chain and the Pittsburgh Pirates the same way: do it as cheaply as possible and don’t worry about the quality of the product -- the profits will be there.

Here’s an update on how that business plan is working for the Nutting-owned Pittsburgh . . .

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March 06, 2018

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