“Penny wise and pound foolish”- The Pittsburgh Pirates have the League’s third-lowest payroll

Credit to Nutting for smiling through it all for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Major League Baseball teams around the nation, including the Dodgers, Padres, Yankees, and others, are investing more money than ever before in an ongoing effort to win the World Series. The Pittsburgh Pirates are another option. At $65,295,931, the Pirates now have the third-lowest payroll in the league.

That’s less than a fourth of the Dodgers’ $265,020,831 league-leading total. It should come as no surprise that Pittsburgh is a losing city. The Buccos have the fifth-worst record in all of baseball, sitting at 41-62. The Pirates really have one of the worst records in baseball over the last five years and have only reached 500 once in that time.

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Oh please! Nutting bears it for the Pittsburgh Pirates

Bob Nutting
Piitsburgh Pirates’ owner Bob Nutting

Additionally, Pittsburgh Pirates’ lack of spending is not the result of incapacity. Yes, Pittsburgh is not a powerhouse like New York or Los Angeles. However, it has a bigger TV audience than San Diego or Tampa Bay, where the Rays frequently contend. And Nutting has a net worth of more than $1.1 billion. The bigger picture is that the Pirates’ owner is just just dishonest. 

Fans are tired of it as well. On Wednesday, one supporter even went so far as to mock Nutting in front of him by standing with the owner while sporting a jersey that read, “sell the team.” Nutting deserves praise for maintaining a positive attitude despite his startled expression when he discovers what is happening. However, Pirates supporters on Twitter praised this absolute legend right away.

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