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83-Steelers-43
09-07-2007, 10:17 AM
Pirates fire GM Dave Littlefield
Friday, September 07, 2007
By Dejan Kovacevic, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Pirates fired general manager Dave Littlefield this morning.

Littlefield had been in his position since the middle of 2001.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07250/815475-100.stm

rog
09-07-2007, 10:18 AM
IT IS ABOUT TIME

ShutDown24
09-07-2007, 10:26 AM
YES!!!

Counselor
09-07-2007, 10:35 AM
Is this for real? Wow----that like the biggest news for the pirates in 10 years!

X-Terminator
09-07-2007, 10:42 AM
Long, long overdue. Should have been fired in 2005 along with Lloyd McClendon.

verks36
09-07-2007, 10:57 AM
After the woopin the suffered last night some one needed to get fired

83-Steelers-43
09-07-2007, 11:27 AM
After the woopin the suffered last night some one needed to get fired

You mean after the whoopings we have suffered since 2001.......

Now if we could only get Nutting to step down and sell to somebody who wants to open up the wallet.

83-Steelers-43
09-07-2007, 11:49 AM
Chariman Nutting's letter to fans
Pittsburgh Pirates

Dear Pirates Fans:

Today I announced that I have made the decision to relieve Dave Littlefield of his general managerial duties effective immediately. Brian Graham, our Senior Director of Player Development, will serve as interim General Manager to ensure a stable operation until a permanent replacement is found.

After eight months of listening and analyzing the situation, it has become clear that this decision was necessary to move our organization forward. While there are many bright spots for us to build from, I am not satisfied with the overall performance and progress that has been made.

I felt the time was right to announce my decision to ensure our organization is in the best possible position to attract the very best General Manager candidates. In addition to allowing more time to search for an eventual replacement, it should allow more time for our new General Manager to make the necessary evaluations and staffing decisions.

The search process for our new club President has clarified for me that the President and General Manager positions are two distinct functions. I believe both individuals must have strong baseball backgrounds. The President will lead the overall day-to-day operations. It is clear however that most successful teams also have a strong General Manager in place with a single-minded focus on leading the baseball operations.

This is an important time of transition for our ballclub. Finding the new President to be the day-to-day leader of the organization and the right General Manager to complement that person is absolutely critical to our future success.

As I said when I took control of the organization in January, I'm committed to building an organization that can consistently compete and one that the fans and community can be proud of. Our fans deserve it and I expect it.

Thank you for your continued support of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Sincerely,

Bob Nutting
Chairman
Pittsburgh Pirates

http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070907&content_id=2194217&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit

:fingers:

rbryan
09-07-2007, 12:08 PM
Nutting had to do something in order to create some hype going into next season. Too bad this doesn't really change anything. Littlefield wasn't the problem, unless you are telling me we paid him 70 million a year that can now be added to the payroll so we can field a real team.

rog
09-07-2007, 12:23 PM
You mean after the whoopings we have suffered since 2001.......

Now if we could only get Nutting to step down and sell to somebody who wants to open up the wallet.

Can anyone say Mark Cuban

GoFins11
09-07-2007, 12:31 PM
Good, I hate to see a teams be crappy for a prolonged amount of time and the ownership do nothing. hopefully the next moves will be smart ones.

Mosca
09-07-2007, 01:49 PM
I think that this reinforces the rumor that was posted here a few weeks ago.

It very well could be that losing really rankles the Nuttings, and that they have decided to turn things around. If they could win and be more profitable, then that's what they should do. It's a wise business decision.


Tom

83-Steelers-43
09-07-2007, 02:03 PM
Nutting had to do something in order to create some hype going into next season. Too bad this doesn't really change anything. Littlefield wasn't the problem, unless you are telling me we paid him 70 million a year that can now be added to the payroll so we can field a real team.

Pretty much. He had to make a move in order to keep his pockets fat for next season. It's a joke.

Borski
09-07-2007, 02:51 PM
Can anyone say Mark Cuban

I hope so!