According to Dejan Kovacevic, the Pirates will not make any changes to their baseball operations staff. In the midst of another second half collapse and a fight towards a 20th consecutive losing season, front office jobs appear to be safe. This includes general manager Neal Huntington and assistant general managers Kyle Stark and Greg Smith.
Here’s the full text of team president Frank Coonelly’s statement regarding the matter:
For the second consecutive year, we put ourselves in an excellent position to meet our objective of winning our division but did not play nearly well enough during the last two months of the season to accomplish it. Our fans are understandably disappointed and frustrated, as is every individual in the organization.
As soon as we finish this season as well as we possibly can, we will turn our full and total attention to evaluating why were unable to finish the job and what we must do differently to take the next step to becoming a championship team. There will unquestionably be changes made to the way in which we operate as a result of this thorough critical self-evaluation, but we will not be making personnel changes at the very top of our baseball operations department. Neal, Kyle, Greg and Clint are dedicated and intelligent baseball men in whom I have great confidence.
Confidence in and support of Neal, Kyle and Greg should not be misunderstood with acceptance of another poor finish at the Major League level. We must understand why the quality of our execution and play deteriorated so markedly in August. Finishing was the focus from spring training but it certainly was not achieved.
In a word: unbelievable. Huntington seemed to be as good as gone with the team’s current slide, but apparently that’s not the case. It’s been five years of failed signings and questionable draft picks for NH. Stark was thrown into the spotlight last week when his unusual training methods were publicized (HOKA HEY!), but he’ll be sticking around, too.
This organization is a mess. Bottom line is that the team is still losing, and these guys at the top of the organization aren’t doing much to prove they can assemble a championship-caliber team. As long as Huntington & Co. stick around, how can the fans have faith in the franchise? If the Pirates are winning in July again next season, will anyone have confidence that they can finish? Speaking of “finish”, wasn’t that their motto for this season? Yikes.