May 17, 2007

Act Like an MLB Franchise

May 13th the Minnesota Twins released Sidney Ponson, he was 2-5 with a 6.93 ERA and a 1.88 WHIP.

Tony Armas is 0-3 with a 8.76 ERA and a 2.23 WHIP.

Minnesota is 18-21.

Pittsburgh is 17-22.

Twins ownership is willing to admit when a mistake was made, a sign of excellent leadership.

The Pirates, well it's the Pirates. The furthest they will go is threaten a demotion to the bullpen.

This is just further proof that the poor management/ownership of this franchise is dooming it to continued failure. Until the Pirates are willing to act like a Major League franchise this team will not break its string of mediocrity, more like futility.

I asked myself, "Why would they want to keep Armas around?"

There is only one feasible answer I can come up with, especially knowing this ownership group.

Money.

Armas has a $3 million contract. If they cut Armas and bring up someone from Indy, they will have to pay another $300K or so out on the MLB roster in addition to the guaranteed money Armas gets.

That is the only reason I can think of to keep him around. It is kinda like saying I will keep driving the '82 Cadillac, even though the motor is shot, while having a 2007 model under a cover in the garage.

There is no sense to be made in keeping Armas.

It is time for this franchise to start acting like a MLB franchise and make the hard decisions, hell even making the obvious decisions would be a step in the right direction. If they are not willing to act like a MLB franchise, sell the team to someone who will run it correctly.

"Paging Mark Cuban."

Sign the petition to get the Pirates sold...

http://www.petitiononline.com/sellbucs/petition.html
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