– *OWNERSHIP UNDER FIRE*
I was watching an episode of “Forbes Sports Money” last night, and they brought up some excellent points about the Pirates organization that I’d love to help surface…
1. PNC PARK – The beautfiul stadium the Pirates call home… What good is having a beautiful ballpark if you never invest in a contending team?
2. WHERE’S THE MONEY GOING? Forbes pointed out that the Pirates rake in about $16,000,000 in profit every season – and still refuse to acknowledge where it’s going. I found this tidbit of information extremely interesting, because I constantly hear Pittsburgh fans approving and disapproving the transactions that are made. It almost makes me feel sorry for us, because here we are making sense of their moves – when in reality, the owners “behind closed doors” are up to no good. *NOTE: This isn’t an opinion I’m feeding you here, this is what Forbes investigated and discovered. The numbers aren’t adding up – and they even went as far as suggesting that Bud Selig step in and put his foot down.
3. WHEN WILL IT END? Forbes pointed out that as an organization owner, you’re actually obligated to use a specific percentage of your profit for nothing outside of your organization. This is why they were so intent on promoting new management, and labeling the current ownership a “sham.” They litterally proved that the Pirates aren’t meeting this obligation…
*When you take these facts into consideration, it really makes the recent trades seem that much more rediculous. A lot of fans were upset about the transactions because they didn’t agree with the equality of the trades… Unfortunantly, it seems as though the ‘rebuilding’ had less to do with baseball, and more to do with pocketing some money…
FINAL NOTE: I’m not suggesting that every trade we witnessed this year was a hoax… I think a lot of the trades were fair game. What I am suggesting, (even before I heard it from Forbes,) is that Pittsburgh fans are without a doubt being short-changed.
I expect some people to disagree, and possibly even speak up in the ownerships defense… The only opinion I’ll share in the matter is that I believe what I’ve stated above to be true. It makes an awful lot of sense when you consider the things the team has done to “improve” that have left you scratching your head…
A. The powerful switch hitter, and catcher of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Doumit returned from the DL in July after missing nearly 3 months with a wrist injury.
Q. *WHY IS DOUMIT WORTH NOTING?*
A. Aside from being one of the last Pirates ‘on deck’ after the recent trades, Doumit is quickly becoming the team’s power-at-bat with the losses of Adam LaRoche and Nate McLouth.
Q. *HOW HAS HE PROGRESSED?*
A. In 2007, Doumit played 83 games with 69 hits, 9 homeruns, and 32 RBI’s. This season – Doumit’s played a mere 44 games, while managing 39 hits, 7 homeruns, and 29 RBI’s. When you factor in the injury he sustained, that’s a considerable jump in homeruns and RBI’s in comparison… (Not to mention, nearly a garenteed hit every game…)
Q. *HOW ABOUT CAREER HIGHLITES?*
A. 2008 was arguably Doumit’s finest season to date. In 431 at bats, he made contact an astounding 137 times, (.318 AVG,) – with an on-base percentage of .357, and a slug-percentage of .501. If these stats don’t impress you, consider the leap he made from the 2007 season when he batted a mediocre .274 with an on-base percentage of .341…
Q. *HOW CAN YOU JUSTIFY HIS POWER?*
A. To the naked eye, Doumit’s been a professional baseball player for 5 years and hasn’t even hit 50 career homeruns yet. However, out of the 5 years he’s played in the major leagues – only one season allowed Doumit to make an appearance in 100 games or more. (In 2008, Doumit played in 116 games and had 15 homeruns.) As I stated above – Doumit’s made an appearance in 44 games this season, with 7 homeruns to date. That’s half the amount of homeruns he had last year in 72 less games!
– *And that’s why you should get to know: Ryan Doumit