Sorry to bring up an old issue. If someone wants to draw a comparison (pro or con) between Pirate management and PSU basketball management go right ahead.
From the NY Daily News…
" Next up: the Pirates, who have been the most blatant team of all when it comes to pocketing their revenue sharing, trading off all their highest-paid players and creating a mausoleum of their beautiful taxpayer-funded new park. The Pirates, who have had 17 consecutive losing seasons, have ranked in the bottom four of payroll the last six years. Last year, they began the season ranked 28th of 30 teams with a payroll of $48 million but finished at around $25 million after trading off shortstop Jack Wilson, outfielder Nate McLouth, first baseman Adam LaRoche, second baseman Freddy Sanchez and pitchers Ian Snell and John Grabow for a bunch of minimum salary unproven prospects.
That accounted for $28.6 million in shed payroll, but team president Frank Coonelly justifies the jettisoning of their six best players by invoking the old Branch Rickey line to Ralph Kiner: “We finished last with you, we can just easily finish last without you.” Tell that to the Pirate fans who deserve so much better. But have faith, Buc faithful. The players’ union is coming to your rescue.
According to sources familiar with what went down between Selig and Players Association honchos last week, the union has targeted four teams - the Marlins, Pirates, Rays and San Diego Padres - against whom they’ve threatened to file a grievance if they don’t get their payrolls up in accordance to the revenue-sharing formula in the Basic Agreement."