PITTSBURGH — Owner Bob Nutting still can’t quite shake the reputation of being more concerned about turning a profit than winning, even though his Pirates are seemingly on their way to a third consecutive postseason appearance.
Management and the players had a behind-the-scenes battle in recent weeks that reportedly became a little testy about when the Aug. 3 game against the Chicago Cubs that was postponed by rain at PNC Park would be made up.
Management wanted the game to be played on Sept. 14, a Monday, which is the only Pirates’ off day during the entire month. Nutting had team president Frank Coonelly push hard for that to happen so the Pirates would not lose a home date and the gate receipts that go with it.
However, because playing on that day would have necessitated the Pirates playing on more than 20 consecutive days, the Major League Baseball Players Association had the right to reject that idea under terms of the collective bargaining agreement between the MLBPA and Major League Baseball.
The MLBPA did indeed veto the idea and, instead, a day-night doubleheader will be played Sept. 15 to start what figures to be a pivotal four-game series between the two contenders.
“Off days mean so much at this time of the year because everyone is tired,” said second baseman Neil Walker, the Pirates’ player representative to the MLBPA. “We weren’t Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"