Pirates owner Bob Nutting has become Public Enemy No. 1 with Bucs fans, after trading away stars Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole in recent days.
Many fans are frustrated that the team is apparently in full-rebuild mode. They should know the signs — the Pirates posted 20 straight losing seasons from 1993 through 2012, the longest such streak in North American pro sports history.
So while Pirates fans everywhere are sad, one fan has decided he's not going to take the team's fire sale without a fight. A fan identified only as "JK" has started a petition on Change.org that will ask MLB officials to force Nutting to sell the team. After less than 24 hours on the site, the petition had already collected almost 20,000 signatures (toward a goal of 25,000).
The grievances the fan noted in the petition probably resonate with many Bucs fans these days.
"Pittsburgh is a baseball town that is being destroyed by a greedy owner. There are so many loyal fans who truly care and support this team through thick and thin. We deserve better. I, like many others, endured so much pain watching a losing franchise from 1993 until 2013 when we saw playoff baseball return to Pittsburgh. You could see and hear the pain we kept inside all those years being released that October night. If you have had a chance to witness that glorious night, you know Pittsburgh is a baseball town. We've had enough! There needs to be change from the top of the organization down. Bob Nutting needs to sell this team, so that we can see a competitive baseball team year in and year out. It is obvious that he doesn't want to spend the money to make that happen. We need an owner who has a competitive spirit and loves the game of baseball!"
Pirates GM Neal Huntington has carefully avoided using the word "rebuild" in addressing the team's offseason moves.
Pirates fans start petition asking MLB to force owner Bob Nutting to sell team
Sporting News | Jan 18