Which one of these teams are you comparing to the Pirates?
Every one of these teams had a payroll about 20 mil more than the Pirates current payroll. Do you really want to compare the 2003 Marlins to the Pirates? Josh Beckett, A.J. Burnette, Brad Penny and Dontrelle Willis are you kidding me? Ivan Rodriguez, Mike Lowell, Derek Lee, Miguel Cabrera, Juan Pierre come on that team was loaded! Minnesota, Oakland both of those teams have had star power the Pirates can only dream about. Oakland has had one of the best starting rotations in baseball the last decade. The Royals I will give you, and they are just as pitiful as the Pirates. When was the last time the Royals contended 85? I do not hate the Pirates! I am unhappy with the mismanagement of the team and its owners very shallow pockets! I am not expecting them to compete with the Yankess or Red Sox. I think you will find plenty of contenders in the middle of the pack payroll range and very few if any at all near the bottom! The Pirates are always in the bottom 5!
Fans deserve to have a team that contends at least once a decade!
Every year at the trade deadline the Pirates are one of the biggest contributors to other teams. Just like I have said before the teams come swooping in like vultures to pick clean the talent like fresh roadkill. Will you deny that the Royals and Pirates get picked through by the contenders each year? To deny this would tell me you have your head in the sand and are in great denial! Baseball season is coming fast so be careful of making any BS statements because I will be here to remind you of your words. Come July I will make it a point to post every article of trade rumors swirling around the Pirates right here. We will post right here the teams who are in the dump salary mode! I know the Bucco's won't let me down, they are always one of the most active teams at the trade deadline! So you can keep shoveling but you are only burying yourself!
I would absolutely love to see the Pirates contend!
I also concede that smaller market teams need to be more thrifty with their money. When I see the Pirates jump on signing washed up players like Jeremy Burnitz who nobody else wanted, it is discouraging! I respect Jim Tracy as a manager. The owners in my opinion have not shown the team or the city the same level of commitment that the city and fans have given them. We have one of the nicest new ballparks and a cellar dweller team that plays on it. Eventually you have to resign some of your own homegrown stars to build around. You can't win by continually replacing the new stars with new prospects. The turnover of players on the Pirates has been higher than on lots of other teams. I live out in CA and watch a lot of Angels baseball. The Angels used to be a cheap team too until a couple years ago Arty Moreno bought the team. He has lowered concession prices and brought in talent to make the team competitive and attendance has steadily risen. If you put a team on the field who is still in the race come August and September the fans in Pittsburgh might actually start to fill up that beautiful new park!