Perrotto: Nutting showing loyalty to Huntington & others, hardly a surprise to Pirates insiders in the organization

 

By John Perrotto Many Pirates fans wanted general manager Neal Huntington to be fired and assistant GMs Kyle Stark and Greg Smith to go with him. Some Pirates fans called for manager Clint Hurdle and coaching staff to be fired. And those on the lunatic fringe of Pirates fandom, wanted everyone gone, even longtime clubhouse attendant Jimmy Welsh. Well, all the above are staying, club president Frank Coonelly announced Wednesday and that hardly comes as a surprise to Pirates’ insiders. They insist that owner Bob Nutting never gave any serious thought to firing any of the key people in the organization, regardless of how bad the Pirates’ second straight late-season collapse has been and how much the their minor-league training methods have been brought into question in recent weeks. “The one thing about Bob that you have to understand is that he doesn’t put a lot of stock in outsideRead More »