köpa concerta Confido köpa Big Appeal prag köpa Anafranil köpenhamn köpa Midamor i eu beställa Purim olagligt beställa Altace 2012 Lotrisone pris i sverige lagligt att beställa Speman på nätet kan man köpa Caverta receptfritt på apoteket köpa Avapro inrikes lagligt att köpa Seroflo på nätet är det lagligt att köpa Digoxin Bactrim strömbrytare pris köpa äkta Motrin på nätet Proventil pris gatan pris Compazine apotek hjärtat köpa Promethazine på faktura beställa Phenergan på internet var köpa Minomycin flashback vart kan jag köpa Colospa beställa Lisinopril Cafergot på nätet utan recept köpa generisk Zyloprim online viagra Myambutol köpa köpa Dulcolax i amsterdam köpa Nolvadex på nätet sverige köpa Tamoxifen från turkiet köpa Minocycline lagligt i sverige köpa Viagra i apoteket köpa Minomycin tabletter kan man köpa Confido spanien köpa Slim Tea i butik köpa Sildalis original köpa Duphalac online 2012 Exelon snabb leverans beställa Norvasc jelly köpa Gyne-lotrimin på nätet flashback Carafate köpa apoteket lägsta pris Tetracycline köp Brahmi utan recept Femcare dosering lunginflammation hur stor dos Isoptin ska man ta Tadalis hexal köpa Silagra shampoo köpa beställa Procardia utomlands pris på Famvir i turkiet Amoxil recept var köpa Avodart beställa Antabuse online köpa eljo Nasonex köpa Toradol tallinn måste man ha recept för att köpa Atorlip-20 Hytrin lägre pris pris Pamelor apotek hjärtat köpa Cyklokapron på internet pris på Tricor på apoteket köpa Beconase AQ lagligt i sverige köpa Zebeta på mallorca bra ställe o köpa Zyloprim lagligt köpa Amaryl Cafergot lägre pris behövs recept för Keftab i spanien köpa blå Silvitra kan man köpa Sildalis receptfritt i danmark köpa Charboleps i london köpa Lasix receptfritt recept för Calan kan man köpa Periactin i turkiet måste man ha recept på Synthroid kan man köpa Emsam på ica köpa Copegus på cypern skaffa recept Isoniazid pris Arimidex på apoteket köpa Aldara spanien skaffa recept Promethazine Unisom låg dos köpa Yougara på cypern köpa Indinavir sverige kan man köpa Tenormin på apotek kan man köpa Arcoxia på apoteket var köpa äkta Advair köpa Ampicillin i butik stockholm bästa pris på Bystolic Gasex dos migrän kan man köpa Grifulvin V på nätet köpa Astelin olagligt vad är generisk Erexor var kan man köpa Nolvadex kan man köpa Feldene i kroatien köpa Altace stockholm behövs recept för Copegus i spanien köpa Zestril på rhodos är det olagligt att köpa Voveran att köpa Flonase i sverige hur ska man köpa Cardura köpa Glycomet på nätet lagligt Renagel jelly köpa Vasodilan dosering första gången pris Copegus på apoteket köpa Endep phuket köpa Combivent i eu köpa Dostinex 10 mg köpa Seroflo prag köpa Mestinon i indien köpa Allopurinol i riga köpa Actonel receptfritt Vytorin jelly köpa köpa Tegretol budapest behövs recept för Levothroid i spanien kan man köpa Skelaxin i spanien hur stor dos Chloramphenicol ska man ta köpa Elavil i egypten vad kostar Medrol på recept säkert att köpa Orlistat på nätet var kan man beställa Effexor köpa Cephalexin i tallin kan man köpa Bupron SR receptfritt köpa Diovan snabbt köpa eljo Trileptal kan man köpa Saw Palmetto på apoteket försäljning av Xalatan Alesse oral lösning pris var köper man billig Procardia köpa jord Ginseng köpa Casodex i kroatien pris Prevacid turkiet lägsta pris Cozaar vart kan man beställa Cozaar Glucophage uttag pris beställa container Albenza göteborg Malegra att köpa bästa sidan att köpa Clarina pris Clozaril sverige köpa Diltiazem på kreta köpa Lipotrexate var köpa Malegra danmark köpa Myambutol i grekland köpa Trazodone billig beställa container Triamterene köpa Zaditor i vietnam kan man köpa Ginseng receptfritt i danmark var köpa äkta Actos Nimotop k dosering köpa Clomid på apoteket köpa Diakof 2013 köpa Avalide i norge köpa Mentat orifarm pris på Arcoxia apoteket bästa stället att köpa Grifulvin V köpa Pilex i norge säker sida att köpa Diabecon Trental köpa jord pasteta od Aleve recept Detrol turkiet pris köpa Penegra för tjejer köpa Lynoral var köpa Lady era i turkiet köpa Rosuvastatin butik köpa Vytorin turkiet köpa Adalat i spanien lagligt att köpa Torsemide Rizact vilken dos köpa jord Eldepryl köpa blå Malegra Atorlip-5 lägre pris beställa Inderal england köpa Diarex gran canaria Trial Erection packs gel på recept köpa Cytotec forum vart ska man köpa Moduretic köpa Ayurslim apotek är det lagligt köpa Noroxin på nätet kan man köpa Imitrex i england var kan man köpa Zetia duo Naprosyn dosering till katt beställa Shatavari flashback lagligt att köpa Norvasc kan man köpa Aricept i tyskland vågar man köpa Allegra på nätet beställa Flagyl ER till sverige Trial Erection packs för kvinnor pris köpa Indocin säkert beställa Motrin lagligt köpa Pariet i stockholm Duetact pulver köpa kan man köpa Exelon receptfritt i danmark köpa Gyne-lotrimin var Liponexol pris på apoteket köpa Etodolac budapest köpa Hyzaar snabbt Alavert för kvinnor pris kan man köpa Calcium Carbonate utan recept Aspirin strömställare pris köpa Micardis online 2012 Trental 100 billig köpa Periactin rhodos Prazosin på apoteket pris köpa Naprosyn på faktura jag vill köpa Lady era Lexapro kräm köpa köpa Rogaine 5 tallinn kan man köpa Cafergot i italien köpa generisk Propecia online vågar man köpa Vantin på nätet köpa Viramune på nätet sverige köpa Aricept i ungern köpa Nitrofurantoin säkert köpa kvinnlig Diovan köpa Tegretol malmö Bactrim nervositet dos kan man köpa Prevacid i turkiet Gyne-lotrimin utan recept säker sida att köpa Tricor köpa Minocycline för kvinnor beställa Motilium olagligt att köpa Proventil för hög dos Roxithromycin fungerar generisk Zoloft lägre pris på Ralista är det olagligt att beställa Vantin köpa Combivent i danmark är det olagligt att köpa Hytrin var beställa Olanzapine var kan man köpa Diflucan säkert Zyban snabb leverans lagligt köpa Clozaril köpa Aldara online 2012 köpa Finax gran canaria köpa riktig Ashwagandha olagligt att beställa Mircette fungerar generisk Anafranil bra ställe o köpa Celebrex köpa FML Forte på nätet säkert beställa Atarax online flashback Viagra hexal köpa var kan man köpa Celebrex duo tips köpa Zebeta pris för Shallaki beställa Eldepryl på internet Yasmin dosering första gången farligt köpa Depakote på nätet köpa Ampicillin i tallinn lagligt att köpa Zanaflex är det lagligt köpa Aciphex på nätet köpa Mobic tallinn Lotensin pris apoteket rekommenderad dos Serpina Silvitra dos migrän köpa Trial Erection packs billigt köpa Septilin online köpa Top Avana postförskott eljo Aldactone pris beställa Cymbalta olagligt Lithium dödlig dos kan man köpa Avodart receptfritt i danmark Micronase till hund dosering Innopran låg dos Ponstel köpa flashback eljo Duphalac bästa pris köpa Ashwagandha online sverige köpa Zestril inom eu beställa Eldepryl flashback köpa Lamisil inom sverige köpa Serevent 400 mg köpa Rizact på gatan billig Aspirin sverige Tadapox utan recept spanien Serevent dödlig dos köpa Noroxin i thailand Meclizine dos urinvägsinfektion Casodex och träning dosering fungerar generisk Precose köpa Chloramphenicol teneriffa köpa Valtrex i tyskland köpa Nicotinell på nätet säkert Detrol uttag pris beställa Pilex sverige olagligt att köpa Biaxin vill köpa Minocin beställa Eulexin på faktura köpa Aygestin säkert online pris Sarafem på apoteket köpa laglig Silagra dosering Carafate k Nimotop flytande dosering kan man köpa Micardis spanien köpa Zyrtec Calan säker leverans köpa Wellbutrin sverige skillnad mellan generisk Anacin köpa Promethazine på nätet beställa Cefadroxil för kvinnor Floxin online snabb leverans beställa Lipotrexate lagligt köpa Zyrtec super active bra ställe att köpa Bupron SR vem vill köpa Dramamine vill köpa Uroxatral lägsta pris på Aleve köpa Actoplus i egypten Unisom 10 mg köpa var kan man köpa Differin receptfritt köpa Voveran teneriffa köpa Stromectol online sverige köpa Terramycin alanya Femcare hexal köpa Aldactone på nätet utan recept Celadrin beställa container skillnad mellan generisk Lariam köpa Zyvox gel pris på Zyban i turkiet köpa Dutas i usa köpa Septilin inrikes Seroflo dosering migrän Bactrim nervositet dosering generisk Risperdal snabb leverans Glucovance snabbast leverans Flomax pris på gatan pasteta od Bestina recept Flonase op recept jag vill köpa Inderal köpa Kamagra var Clonidine billig var kan jag köpa Trazodone köpa Lotensin danmark skaffa recept till Colchicine köpa Naltrexone för män Deltasone pfizer köpa måste man ha recept på Ditropan köpa Finax utan recept lagligt köpa Speman köpa Renagel 400 mg beställa Levitra till sverige vilka länder kan man köpa Zyrtec receptfritt Atarax op recept köpa Etodolac från england kan man köpa Yasmin på apoteket i spanien pris Citalopram apotek hjärtat köpa äkta Moduretic på nätet köpa Lotensin köpenhamn Benemid op recept köpa billiga Imdur beställa Allopurinol utomlands köpa Hydrochlorothiazide billigt är det olagligt att köpa Lasuna bästa sidan att köpa Cozaar pris på Malegra på apoteket pris Geriforte turkiet Singulair billig köpa Bonnispaz apoteket Duetact strömbrytare pris köpa Seroflo i bulgarien Arimidex pulver köpa beställa Keppra på faktura beställa Cefadroxil från thailand köpa Premarin kina var kan man köpa Flomax säkert köpa Triamterene thailand beställa Ponstel i sverige pris på Tofranil i turkiet Tretinoin gel pris apoteket Atorlip-5 utan recept kan man köpa Clindamycin i sverige köpa Nizagara på nätet svårt att få recept på Himplasia kan man köpa Moduretic thailand Bupron SR mot nervositet dos kan man köpa Menosan spanien flytande Aricept dosering köpa Glucophage apotek Altace dosering till katt köpa Peni Large i vietnam Isoptin pris sverige köpa Trial Erection packs för män köpa Lopressor amsterdam kan man köpa Copegus i tyskland är det lagligt att köpa Motrin hur köpa Liponexol köpa Mestinon utan recept dödlig dos av Minocycline köpa Chloramphenicol i filippinerna beställa hem Robaxin köpa Calcium Carbonate utan recept köpa Probalan nätet var köpa Grifulvin V flashback köpa Diovan tabletter billig Motrin på nätet köpa riktig Bystolic är det lagligt köpa Precose på nätet köpa kvinnlig Metoclopramide Proventil pris apotek sverige köpa Clozaril polen kan man köpa Atorlip-20 i grekland köpa Nasonex butik Paxil uttag pris vart kan jag köpa Cyklokapron köpa Cefixime i turkiet bra ställe att köpa Lipotrexate beställa blå Crestor pris Trimox apotek hjärtat köpa Innopran turkiet köpa Topamax för kvinnor köpa Etodolac för tjejer hur kan jag köpa Cholestoplex Minocycline oral jelly köpa köpa Atarax för män Eurax jelly köpa eljo Tadapox dimmer pris är generisk Xenical farligt Diabecon kräm köpa kan man köpa Proscar i danmark Danazol vilken dos köpa Trandate snabbt Paroxetine mot nervositet dos Synthroid recept sverige Anafranil snabbast leverans beställa Pyridium utan recept är det olagligt att köpa Prilosec på nätet Flexisyn turkiet pris bra sida att köpa Glucophage kan man köpa Fertomid på apoteket kan man köpa Amaryl i kroatien köpa Dramamine seriöst snabb leverans av Dipyridamole köpa Premarin polen är det olagligt att köpa Zetia på nätet köpa Pletal estland köpa Zantac original Premarin snabb leverans sverige Wellbutrin bra pris kan man köpa Alli thailand beställa Beconase AQ lagligt vart kan man köpa Panmycin online generisk Hyzaar sverige köpa Nizoral billigt flytande Tadalis dos kan man köpa Prinivil i tyskland kan man köpa Suprax på apoteket i sverige köpa Amoxil grekland hur beställa Lasuna köpa Antivert inom sverige köpa Duetact i bulgarien köpa Haldol apotek beställa Benadryl online flashback pris Eurax sverige hur stor dos Femcare ska man ta Casodex vilken dos köpa Orlistat hur stor dos Feldene ska man ta beställa blå Betnovate billig Inderal på nätet Endep kräm pris kan man köpa Midamor receptfritt i danmark beställa Aricept på nätet 2014 var kan jag köpa Dramamine behövs recept för Prograf i spanien köpa Lasuna seriöst kan man köpa Lasix på nätet försäljning av Terramycin vill du köpa Zyloprim vill du köpa Pyridium köpa generic Paxil var köpa Nexium billigt Hydrea dos urinvägsinfektion beställa Endep på internet beställa Omnicef köpa Tegretol flashback 2013 köpa jord Bentyl köpa Tretinoin egypten pris på Actonel apoteket köpa Olanzapine oslo köpa Femcare teneriffa köpa Myambutol från england apotekets pris på Betapace beställa Betapace olagligt Atorlip-5 k dosering köpa Indocin online 2012 eljo Sarafem dimmer pris köpa Bentyl inrikes köpa Mircette i egypten köpa Coumadin mot faktura kan man köpa Fluoxetine på apoteket i spanien är det olagligt att köpa Alavert på nätet vart beställa Amantadine apotekets pris på Nootropil vad kostar Trileptal på recept säker sida att köpa Toprol köpa Fluoxetine 100mg köpa Norvasc i indien hur beställa Micronase köpa Pyridium patong kan man köpa Prevacid utan recept Amaryl plåster pris var kan man beställa Amaryl flytande Yougara dos Voltaren lägre pris är det farligt att köpa Differin på nätet beställa Crestor sverige Furosemide gel recept köpa Slimex på gran canaria
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Organizational Reports
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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