köpa Ethionamide i thailand beställa container Alavert göteborg köpa Inderal danmark köpa Trental 20mg köpa Olanzapine online sverige vad kostar Sumycin på recept Chloroquine köpa på nätet beställa billig Levothroid köpa Dipyridamole i turkiet beställa Minocycline på faktura Celebrex plåster pris köpa Hydrea apotek Carbozyne recept sverige beställa Prandin för kvinnor köpa laglig Atarax köpa generisk Serevent köpa Nitrofurantoin på mallorca köpa Rizact på teneriffa Aldactone dosering rampfeber beställa Voltaren på internet Alli gel på recept köpa Crestor på nätet sverige köpa Digoxin i spanien lagligt att köpa Benadryl på nätet måste man ha recept för att köpa Viramune Silagra utan recept spanien var kan man köpa Hoodia duo beställa Entocort till sverige var kan man köpa Benfotiamine Chloroquine online snabb leverans Ayurslim receptfritt pris är det lagligt att köpa Zestoretic kan man köpa Voveran på apoteket i sverige Rogaine 2 vet dosering måste man ha recept på Seroflo köpa Bupron SR i grekland var köpa Ophthacare billigt Saw Palmetto dosering vuxen generisk Cleocin biverkningar dödlig dos av Minomycin kan man köpa Isoniazid på nätet viagra Luvox köpa Diarex turkiet pris bästa stället att köpa Premarin hyra container Nitrofurantoin pris Keftab nervositet dosering köpa Zyrtec sverige flashback dödlig dos Hoodia köpa Zestril i ungern köpa Pyridium köpa Albenza egypten köpa Anacin på nätet billigt apoteket hjärtat Rosuvastatin pris generisk Charboleps snabb leverans köpa Apcalis seriöst Fosamax usa köpa köpa Lasuna köpenhamn bra ställe att köpa Baclofen köpa Duphalac i ryssland Elavil pris på gatan beställa Urispas till sverige kan man köpa Mircette i danmark Aspirin dosering lunginflammation Pyridium jelly snabb leverans fungerar generisk Methotrexate kan man köpa Serophene i kroatien kan man köpa Shatavari i sverige köpa Lipitor på apotek kan man beställa Cabgolin snabb leverans av Arcoxia olagligt att beställa Acivir på nätet köpa Clozaril barcelona pris på Adalat apoteket köpa Atorlip-10 mot faktura i vilka länder kan man köpa Himplasia receptfritt kan man köpa Albenza på apoteket utan recept flytande Antivert dos eljo Astelin dimmer pris lagligt att köpa Seroquel på nätet Clozaril dosering vuxen beställa Nasonex online flashback lagligt beställa Bonnispaz köp billig Top Avana köpa Brahmi alanya kan man köpa Premarin i grekland säkert att köpa Ditropan på nätet kan man köpa Zebeta på apoteket beställa billig Acivir Clonidine pfizer köpa köpa Micardis flashback beställa Zovirax sverige är det säkert att köpa Brahmi på nätet var ska man köpa Zyprexa köpa Dilantin oslo köpa Clarina sverige flashback köpa Antivert i norge Dipyridamole jelly snabb leverans köpa Cefixime 20mg hur få recept på Tadapox eljo Haldol bästa pris kan man köpa Apcalis receptfritt i spanien köpa Aspirin i tallin Rogaine 2 flashback köpa köpa Atorlip-20 på nätet lagligt köpa Inderal i bulgarien är det lagligt köpa Mestinon på nätet köpa Azulfidine online köpa billigaste Fosamax säkert ställe att köpa Biaxin köpa Olanzapine på teneriffa Chloromycetin första dos Promethazine pris apoteket hjärtat köpa Serevent i spanien Glycomet dosering rampfeber beställa Femara 2012 beställa Styplon för kvinnor köpa Rizact 20mg köp billig NPXL Ethionamide med snabb leverans var kan man köpa Bonnispaz receptfritt kan man köpa Metoclopramide i prag recept för Provera Lariam dosering vuxen köpa Emsam på faktura pris på Minocycline sverige vart kan jag köpa Lynoral kan man köpa Trental i thailand var kan man köpa Proventil på nätet köpa Saw Palmetto i turkiet Valtrex dosering rampfeber köpa Famvir i tallin billig Ceftin på nätet köpa Robaxin turkiet köpa Elimite super active Midamor köpa online Lotensin recept sverige köpa Oxytrol på gran canaria var köpa Aricept på nätet apoteket Prazosin gel pris köpa Trial Erection packs forum köpa Cabgolin på nätet sverige dödlig dos av Prevacid bästa stället att köpa Trazodone var köpa äkta Hoodia lägsta pris på Reminyl kan man köpa Viramune i turkiet köpa Benzac oslo köpa riktig Lexapro köpa Amitriptyline apoteket Protonix strömbrytare pris Ventolin vilken dos kan man köpa Clarinex receptfritt köpa Malegra butik skillnad mellan generisk Diabecon köpa Penegra seriöst pris för Ventolin apoteket Paroxetine pris köpa generisk Sominex online Purim jelly köpa köpa Combivent online 2013 köpa eljo Nootropil köpa Albenza i ryssland köpa Chloromycetin receptfritt köpa Lithium tyskland Lukol köpa flashback Celebrex sverige snabb leverans lagligt beställa Deltasone var beställa Tricor viagra Amoxil köpa köpa Moduretic i norge köpa Levitra på postförskott Venlor dos migrän köpa Femcare inrikes köpa Glucophage på apotek bästa pris på Dipyridamole pasteta od Indocin recept köpa Eulexin i estland beställa NPXL inrikes vart kan man köpa Proventil online Cleocin jelly snabb leverans köpa Elavil i sverige flashback köpa generisk Avapro beställa Metoclopramide lagligt köpa Floxin i kroatien hur kan man köpa Flagyl ER köpa Femcare i egypten måste man ha recept på Flagyl ER beställa Pilex utan recept köpa Copegus i estland pris Anafranil på apoteket köpa Micardis i thailand eljo Allegra bästa pris Tegretol till katt dosering Metformin oral jelly köpa köpa Chloromycetin duo köpa äkta Colospa på nätet kan man beställa Lioresal Exelon bra pris köpa Wellbutrin utan recept Brahmi med snabb leverans köpa Chloramphenicol gel beställa Trial Erection packs pulver köpa Xalatan oslo Speman pfizer köpa köp Cabgolin utan recept Eurax kräm pris apoteket hjärtat Haldol pris köpa Proventil 20mg Toprol på nätet utan recept viagra Promethazine köpa kan man köpa Beconase AQ på apoteket i sverige Uroxatral pris i sverige beställa Aciphex från thailand köpa Biaxin mot postförskott Trazodone dosering föredrag köpa Lioresal apotek försäljning Zantac Diclofenac dosering migrän beställa Vasotec lagligt kan man köpa Sinemet på ica köpa Shuddha billigt Zyban dosering föredrag beställa Eurax billigt olagligt att beställa Synthroid på nätet köpa Detrol 50mg apoteket Fincar pris Lipitor migrän dosering beställa billig Nicotinell lagligt att beställa Trileptal i vilka länder kan man köpa Abana receptfritt bästa pris Protonix Forzest sverige snabb leverans kan man köpa Nizoral receptfritt köpa Bentyl i sverige forum vill köpa Topamax köpa Lukol i tallin köpa Dulcolax i kina Mircette dosering lunginflammation bästa sidan att köpa Zaditor pris Himcolin sverige köpa Atarax i stockholm köpa Alavert från england kan man köpa Dulcolax i sverige pris på Prednisolone apoteket bästa pris Lanoxin köpa billigt Altace köpa Rizact inom sverige Nasonex jelly snabb leverans pris på Moduretic sverige köpa Ophthacare i malmö säkra sidor att köpa Propecia vad kostar Ashwagandha på recept pris hyra container Flonase Lukol vägguttag pris Antivert dos första gången pris hyra container Gasex köpa Anafranil på internet köpa Rosuvastatin på kanarieöarna beställa Silagra online flashback hur får man recept på Zaditor beställa Bonnispaz på nätet köpa Cardura i spanien köpa Dapoxetine inom eu dosering Speman k generisk Dapoxetine sverige köpa Mycelex-g i grekland köpa Yougara tyskland köpa Reglan kina Luvox 10 mg köpa köpa Ponstel rhodos köpa Tadapox i kina köpa Keftab i helsingborg Glycomet nervositet dos Beconase AQ dosering första gången Remeron första dos köpa Reminyl jelly Benadryl uttag pris Minocycline vägguttag pris beställa Arcoxia pulver olagligt att beställa Cymbalta köpa Serpina flashback 2013 Celadrin gel pris apoteket beställa billig Lexapro köpa Olanzapine seriöst kan man köpa Risperdal på ica Vytorin 100 billig köpa jord Calcium Carbonate lägsta pris på Meclizine snabb leverans av Glucovance funkar generisk Aciclovir Hytrin receptfritt pris snabb leverans av Emsam pris för Lipotrexate kan man köpa Inderal på apoteket i spanien köpa riktig Rizact Cytoxan dosering första gången köpa Zyban thailand köpa Diabecon på kreta köpa Liv 52 postförskott kan man köpa Tricor i sverige var köpa Anafranil på nätet Serpina dosering urinvägsinfektion hur kan man köpa Ethionamide kan man köpa Lamisil på gran canaria köpa Prevacid i bulgarien Tegretol beställa container köpa Zestril på teneriffa köpa Ampicillin på nätet lagligt köpa Norvasc gran canaria köpa Arcoxia utomlands snabb leverans Beconase AQ köp Biaxin utan recept Cardura pfizer köpa är det recept på Hyzaar köpa Lotrisone barcelona Aygestin op recept köpa Amantadine thailand Zyrtec nervositet dos köpa Zoloft i sverige forum köpa Glucophage säkert på nätet kan man köpa Olanzapine på apotek köpa Tofranil tjeckien lagligt att köpa Kemadrin på nätet kan man köpa Isoptin i grekland köpa Shallaki teneriffa köpa Ophthacare på nätet kan man beställa Copegus Keppra dosering första gången lagligt att köpa Accutane kan man köpa Albendazole på ica fungerar generisk Lotensin säkert ställe att köpa Plavix var köper man Flagyl ER utan recept Amoxil hexal köpa Lithium dosering rampfeber säkert ställe att köpa Cytotec köpa Cyklokapron från england pris på Ventolin i turkiet köpa Venlor malmö beställa Avodart sverige bra ställe att köpa Naprosyn Premarin pris sverige köpa Compazine i london Lotrisone köpa på nätet kan man beställa Nizagara eljo Shallaki pris Rizact till hund dosering köpa Hyzaar online 2012 Indocin generisk Indocin skillnad lagligt att beställa Keppra köpa generic Phenergan kan man köpa Septilin i spanien Prednisolone bästa pris köpa Ranitidine 2013 köpa Zyban egypten kan man köpa Torsemide på gran canaria köpa Penegra bangkok Fluoxetine köpa sverige pris Evecare turkiet hur får man recept på Allopurinol Trental eljo pris lagligt att beställa Bestina på nätet köpa Benfotiamine i sverige flashback pris Nimotop turkiet köpa Augmentin i egypten kan man köpa Finax i usa köpa Zantac på apoteket Finpecia vägguttag pris köpa Probalan på apoteket köpa Diclofenac forum Roxithromycin recept sverige köpa Albendazole i sverige flashback köpa Elimite lagligt på nätet hur köpa Advair köpa Diovan inom eu köpa Eulexin i lettland Ophthacare k dosering vart kan jag köpa Benadryl Lotensin flashback köpa beställa Grifulvin V från thailand köpa Ethionamide inrikes är generisk Rocaltrol farligt köpa Lariam i butik vart ska man köpa Cabgolin bra ställe att köpa Fucidin Amitriptyline var köpa köpa Innopran flashback 2015 köpa Liv 52 säkert köpa Minocin i norge köpa Hytrin i egypten köpa äkta Zyrtec på nätet är det lagligt att köpa Calcium Carbonate på nätet Levothroid dödlig dos kan man köpa Ophthacare i italien vart beställa Colchicine kan man köpa Hydrochlorothiazide på nätet är det lagligt köpa Lasix på nätet pasteta od Penegra recept Glycomet dosering vuxen köpa Ashwagandha säkert på nätet köpa Feldene i vietnam beställa Micardis på nätet snabb leverans av Serevent köpa Crestor från sverige säker sida att köpa Alli köpa NPXL flashback 2014 kan man köpa Nimotop på gran canaria Zyrtec dos första gången köpa Dostinex i prag Levothroid dosering rampfeber beställa Oxytrol pulver köpa Tadacip i thailand köpa Acivir malmö Cephalexin rekommenderad dos bästa sidan att köpa Himcolin för hög dos Clozaril köpa Albenza estland vart kan man köpa Lipothin eljo Keppra pris Metoclopramide generisk Metoclopramide skillnad säkra sidor att köpa Tulasi köpa Remeron online 2013 Naltrexone kräm köpa Astelin dos migrän köpa Caverta online 2012 köpa Lamictal inom eu köpa Trileptal på ica Lisinopril dosering sömn vart ska man köpa Trimox köpa Tadapox i spanien Lanoxin utan recept i sverige Nitrofurantoin på nätet utan recept dosering Septilin k beställa Styplon pulver köpa Kytril säkert är det lagligt köpa Crestor på nätet kan man köpa Duetact på teneriffa beställa container Requip köpa Nicotinell kina köp Diarex snabb leverans kan man köpa Erexor i grekland köpa Avodart köpa Lasix internet Lady era första dos Prednisolone recept sverige kan man köpa Zithromax receptfritt i spanien köpa Finax online 2012 beställa billig Septilin var beställa Yasmin vart kan man köpa Roxithromycin online köp billig Lopid Lady era dosering till hund lägsta pris Lasix köpa Himcocid i phuket beställa blå Casodex jag vill köpa Mobic är det olagligt att köpa Amaryl på nätet Valtrex snabbast leverans köpa Acticin sverige köpa Gasex köpenhamn kan man köpa Artane på gran canaria kan man köpa Shallaki receptfritt i danmark bästa stället att köpa Eulexin på köpa Calan 100mg köpa Kamagra flashback 2013 köp Zyvox snabb leverans köpa Aleve i eu köpa Fosamax gel bästa pris Requip Beconase AQ hög dos beställa Zaditor för kvinnor vill köpa Anafranil köp Micardis snabb leverans var kan man köpa äkta Rogaine 5 köpa Copegus rhodos hur ska man köpa Shatavari Dutas och träning dosering bra ställe att köpa Nootropil Levlen gel på recept köpa Imdur i sverige flashback att köpa Finpecia beställa Neurontin på nätet kan man köpa Periactin på apoteket beställa Naltrexone till sverige Ponstel till katt dosering var köpa Differin kan man köpa Cephalexin receptfritt i spanien apotekets pris på Flonase köpa Peni Large sverige 2012 Nimotop sverige snabb leverans Amitriptyline dos migrän Arimidex utan recept i sverige Albenza duo leverans Paxil köpa jord Erythromycin mot nervositet dos köpa Saw Palmetto thailand Cytoxan beställa container köp billig Amoxil kan man köpa Mycelex-g i kroatien beställa container Nimotop
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Written by Devon Teeple   
Tuesday, 06 May 2008 23:00

Pirates Organizational ReportThe following is a continuation of our Organizational Reports, filed by Devon Teeple. As with the prior report for the Toronto Blue Jays, this report delves into the Pittsburgh Pirates historically, financially, and from a facility perspective. -- Maury Brown

The Pittsburgh Pirates are based in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, and in the National League Central Division. They were not always called the Pirates. The team has been in existence since 1876. Despite being one on the last charter teams introduced in the “National League”, the team in Pittsburgh was playing “professional baseball since the 1870’s”. Teams of those eras were called independents, who were barnstorming through the areas, not affiliated with any organization, although the players were paid salaries and were run as a business organization. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pittsburgh_Pirates). In 1882, the strongest barnstorming team was introduced into the American Association as a founding member. The team in those days was called the “Alleghenys”, as they were their stadium was located across from the Allegheny River. After five so-so seasons in the A.A., they were introduced into the “National League” in 1887. In 1890, they were merged with the “Players League” franchise in the city after that league folded. The majority of the players’ contract in the defunct league were sold to teams in the National League and the American Association. Most notably, highly regarded Philadelphia Athletic second baseman Lou Bierbaue, who's contract was sold to the Pittsburgh, on the grounds that the Athletic’s had not reserved him.

The Athletics protested and one American Association official called the Allegheny’s actions “Piratical”. The accusations did not stand and the team was cleared of any wrongdoing, however they made light of the situation and began calling themselves the “Pirates” for the 1890 season. The team first acknowledged the new nickname on their uniforms in 1912, and followed that up by having the worst record in team history, going 23-113.

The Pittsburgh Pirates as we have known them for years have had tremendous success not only in the standings but also with Hall of Fame caliber players. The team has accumulated 9 Eastern Division titles, 9 National League Pennants, and 5 World Series Championships, with the last being in 1979. Their Hall of Fame inductees include the Legendary, Jack Chesbro, Waite Hoyt, Ralph Kiner, Rabbit Marranville, Bill Mazeroski, Willie Stargell, Pie Traynor, Honus Wagner, Lloyd Waner, Paul Waner, and Roberto Clemente. Unfortunately, all good things do come to an end, and the glory years of the Pirates have long since past, with one of the last images of the great Pirate teams, Sid Bream scoring the winning run against them in game seven of the 1992 NLCS. 

Since then the Pirates have endured what is now considered a historic losing dynasty. As reported by Jonah Keri of ESPN's Page2. The following teams have a history of losing, but not just losing, losing year after year. The Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Rays, Kansas City Royals, and The Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals have combined to have a losing record in the past 54 of 55 years. The Pirates have had 15 straight losing seasons, and you can look at a few key points as to why that is happening. Failing to rebuild a depleted farm system is one of them.

Select Read More to see details on PNC Park, the Pirates "Green" initiatives, a historical look at the Forbes valuations and Opening Day Payrolls and much, much more.

Bonifay Tenure

In 1993, Cam Bonifay was named GM of the Pittsburgh Pirates. With just losing Barry Bonds to the Giants, a franchise lost its marquee player. When that happens, you rebuild. In Bonifay’s term as GM, his most notable draft pick, I guess you could say would be, Kris Benson, who did not turn out as expected. Bonifay did achieve success in 1997 winning General Manager of the year with a team that had a payroll of $9 million. His downfall though, was signing players who were past their prime to enormous contracts, thus putting the team in financial difficulties that they would feel for years to come. Most notably his signings include, Pat Meares, Kevin Young, Mike Benjamin, and Jason Kendall (6 years, $60 million). GM Dave Littlefield was next in line, and you could say, did not fair much better. 

Littlefield Tenure 

David Littlefield, received most of the backlash during his tenure with respect to his actions in the draft, and the trades that he orchestrated. Littlefield, 47, took the position in July of 2001 and his teams had a combined 442-581 record in his tenure. His teams never approached the .500 mark. With a reputation of being a difficult trading partner, he has dealt some stars in the past while receiving nearly zero in return. Some of the players traded are as follows, Jason Schmidt, Aramis Ramirez, Chris Young, and Gary Mathews Jr. One of the most widely discussed and argued decisions of his time was trading Chris Young for Matt Herges in December 2002. Herges was released the following spring training, while Young has developed into one of the best pitchers in baseball, with the San Diego Padres.  The Pirates had invested $1.5 million in Young at that time, only to deal him away. One of Littlefield’s final moves might have been one of the worst. Rajai Davis was traded for Matt Morris who at the time had a 7-7 record and an ERA hovering around 4.50. The move was widely critized because the Giants were not picking up any of the $9 million due to Morris in 2008 (Morris has recently retired).

Littlefield does get credit for putting the nucleus of the current Pirates together (see details on salaries through Cot's Contracts); Jason Bay, Freddy Sanchez, Adam LaRoche, Jose Bautista, and Xavier Nady. The drawback though is those players were acquired in trades due in large part of the teams inability to draft and groom players while Littlefield was at the helm.

Pirates and the Draft

The Pirates minor league system and drafting process does have some issues. The Pirates have been widely criticized for drafting pitchers that are viewed as more signable than talented. For example, in the 2002 draft, the Pirates had the number one pick and had the opportunity to draft the following; Nick Swisher, Jeff Francoeur, Scott Kazmir, Khalil Greene, Cole Hamels, Prince Fielder, and Matt Cain. Instead, they drafted Brian Bullington, who has yet to reach his potential and currently is 0-5 with an 8.04 ERA in Triple-A Indianapolis. A negative aspect of the Pirates scouting system has been the lack and focus on scouting players in Latin America. The Pirates currently have no Latin American prospects and the players currently on the team are marginal at best and were signed or scouted before Littlefield signed on (Ronny Paulino, Salomon Torres, Jose Bautista, Damaso Marte, Jose Castillo and Tony Armas).

Hunington Tenure 

Since Littlefield’s departure, Neal Huntington took over as General Manager on September 25, 2007. Upon his arrival, changes were imminent as he fired Jim Tracy and made it noted that the contracts of the coaching staff, director of player development, scouting director, and the director of baseball operations would not be renewed. With Sabermetrics playing a huge role in the game today, Huntington made it know that the Pirates were going in a different direction, “We are going to utilize several objective measures of player performance to evaluate and develop players. We'll rely on the more traditional objective evaluations: OPS (on base percentage plus slugging percentage) , WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched), Runs Created, ERC (Component ERA), GB/FB (ground ball to fly ball ratio), K/9 (strikeouts per nine innings), K/BB (strikeouts to walks ratio), BB%, etc., but we'll also look to rely on some of the more recent variations: VORP (value over replacement player), Relative Performance, EqAve (equivalent average), EqOBP (equivalent on base percentage), EqSLG (equivalent slugging percentage), BIP% (balls put into play percentage), wOBA (weighted on base average), Range Factor, PMR (probabilistic model of range) and Zone Rating”.  As if to back up this emphasis, in mid-April 2008 the Pirates hired Dan Fox, who as a writer for The Hardball Times and Baseball Prospectus had earned a reputation for his careful analyses of team defense, baserunning, and pitching. Fox took on the role of Director of Baseball Systems Development.

PNC Park

Needless to say the Pirates have a lot of work to do but is seems they have taken steps on the right direction. A very positive note with the team is what is widely considered one of the best stadiums in the game, PNC Park.

PNC Park, with a seating capacity of 38,362, opened in 2001 at a cost of $237 million as part of an $809 million total funding project that included Heinz Field, and an expansion of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The Pirates funding obligation totaled $40 million of the $228 million total pricetag. The design molds HOK's "throw back" ballpark design, with modern amenities, which reminds one of classic era stadiums like Forbes Field, Fenway Park and Wrigley Field. The stadium is located in the prime part of town, along side of the Allegheny River and adjacent to Federal Street, which takes advantage of the cities skyline, riverfront, as well as pedestrian walkways and riverboat access. PNC Park derived its name from a lucrative naming rights deal with PNC Financial Services, which purchased its naming right in 1998. PNC Financial Services (NYSE: PNC) is a U.S.-based financial services corporation, with assets (as of December 31, 2006) of $101.8 billion. PNC operations include a regional banking franchise operating primarily in eight states and the District of Columbia, specialized financial businesses serving companies and government entities, and leading asset management and processing businesses. PNC also owns the Louisville-based Hilliard Lyons investment firm. PNC is America's 11th largest bank by deposits and is the third largest bank off-premise ATM provider in the country (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PNC_Financial_Services).

Upon its opening, Jim Caple of ESPN.com rated PNC Park as the best in the Majors with a score of 95 out of 100 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PNC_Park). Also in 2008 Mens Fitness article, PNC was named as “one of the 10 big league parks worth seeing this summer”. The team is also one of the most affordable for a family of four, costing $139.77. Compare that to the Red Sox and the Yankees, ($313.83/$225.53) is a decent deal.  Having one the finest stadiums in baseball still has not produced a rise in attendance and that is due to the lack of competitive baseball in Pittsburgh. Since its inception in 2001, the Pirates have had just over 12,800,000 people go to game, that averages out to 1,834,000 fans a year. The team drew 2.5 millions fans in 2001, and has not come close since.

Green Initiatives

Despite having one of the finest stadiums on record, the Pirates organization has been trying to branch out into different areas, to garner a bigger fan base, and promote the team itself. With MLB teams trying to be environmentally conscious (Seattle Mariners go Carbon Neutral on Earth Day , and the Boston Red Sox wearing the Earth Day, Green Initiatives Patch ), the Pittsburgh Pirates launched their own green initiative; “Lets go Bucs, Lets go Green”. “This program will integrate the following; greening initiatives, sustainable business practices and educational outreach. The program's launch marks the beginning of a dedicated effort by the Pirates and PNC Park partners CB Richard Ellis, ARAMARK and Levy Restaurants to be more environmentally conscious in their collective efforts to go green moving forward.”. The elements of this plan will include a recycling campaign that will capture the 760,000, plastic bottle and aluminum cans that are distributed through out the 2008 baseball season. Find below some of the initiatives as set out on the Pittsburgh Pirates website.

PROGRAM INITIATIVES
The following are some of the program elements:

  • Recycling - Beginning during the 2008 season, the Pirates will implement a robust recycling program at PNC Park. The club will place contour bottle receptacles throughout the ballpark with the "Let's Go Bucs. Let's Go Green" logo to draw the attention of fans to the initiative. At the end of each game, the Pirates will have game day staff stationed at the exits of each section to collect any plastic bottles fans collect from their seating area. A "Green Team" made up of members from the PNC Park cleaning staff will then walk through every area of the ballpark picking up all plastic bottles prior to the ballpark's cleaning each night. All bottles will be collected and recycled. The club will also continue to recycle all cardboard, as it has since PNC Park opened.
  • Concessionaire Initiatives - Both of PNC Park's concessionaires, ARAMARK and Levy Restaurants, will be using corn-based beverage cups. The companies will also eliminate most of the non-biodegradable materials in the utensils, plates, napkins and food carriers that were used to serve fans in years past.
  • Energy - The Pirates are taking steps to make the ballpark more energy efficient by installing motion detectors in specific locations, using the lowest voltage lights possible in all Exit signs and switching to more energy efficient bulbs that are now available. The club will also be conducting a complete energy audit to discover additional opportunities for energy conservation.
  • Paper Usage - All paper used in the ballpark and in the Pirates front office will be more environmentally friendly. The toilet paper will now be made from 100% recycled materials and restroom hand towels will be made from 45% recycled materials. All of the team's office paper, including copy paper, team stationary and business cards will be made from 30-percent post-consumer paper. The club will also eliminate the use of Styrofoam cups in the front office as well as separate office trash into dry and wet receptacles in order to recycle all dry waste paper products.
  • Printing - The Pirates have begun printing the club's various publications in soy-based ink on FSC certified paper, including the club's game day publication Pirates Insider, annual Community Report and PNC Park's A to Z Guide.
  • Fuel Flex Vehicles - All Pirates U.S.-based scouts now drive Chevy flex fuel vehicles that will conserve fuel usage and save on costs.
  • Cleaning Products - CB Richard Ellis will use Environmental Protection Agency recommended Designed for Environment (DFE) cleaning products to clean the ballpark.
  • Awareness Campaign - The Pirates are planning promotion of the program through a number of channels, including in-ballpark signage and public service announcements from Pirates players. The club will promote various program initiatives moving forward on the club's official website, Pirates.com, in various publications and during game broadcasts. The club is also educating and empowering its employees to take part in and promote the program.

Forbes Valuations

Below are details of the Pirates, according to Forbes annual reports, dating back to 2002 (see master list here )

Year
Rank
Val
1-yr. Val
Change (%)
Op. Inc.
2002
17
$242M
18
$9.5M
2003
21
$224M
-7
-$1.6M
2004
22
$217M
11
-$300K
2005
23
$218M
0
$12.2M
2006
24
$250M
15
$21.9M
2007
28
$274M
10
$25.3M
2008
28
$292M
7
$17.6M

Figures not adjusted for inflation 

Note that the Pirates hosted the All-Star Game in 2006, thus garnering the largest valuation increase that season.

Opening Day Payrolls

The following is a historical look at the Pirates Opening Day Payroll from 2003-2008

Year
Payroll
2003
$54,542,098
2004
$32,227,929
2005
$38,133,000
2006
$46,717,750
2007
$38,604,500
2008
$49,365,283

Conclusions

The 2008 Pittsburgh Pirates, on paper looks much like the ’07 team. The improvements this year greatly outweighs what has been going on over the past 5-15 years. With Neal Huntington on board who is widely known for his superb work as Special Assistant to General Manager of the Cleveland Indians in ’07 and with player development, specifically in Latin America, has brought a new approach to a team that has lacked focus for many years. The Pirates of old are used to paying enormous prices for players that did not seem worth the value. For a team with a payroll of $49,365,283 refocus is essential. The Pirates of the present now have skilled executives that can provide player recommendations with respect to player evaluation, acquisition and retention with a history of success by strategic planning and decision-making.

Maury Brown contributed to this article


Devon Teeple is a staff member of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey.. He can be contacted through the Author Profiles page
 
 
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