Found February 07, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
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First, news broke yesterday that Edwin Jackson turned down a three year deal from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Then just a couple of hours ago today, the story came out that Roy Oswalt said "thanks, but no thanks" to the Pirates approaching him wanting to talk. So why don't players want to play in Pittsburgh? There's a culture of losing in Pittsburgh. The streak is at what, 19 straight losing seasons? If you're under 25, or hell, even 30, when you think of Pittsburgh baseball, you think of them being the doormat of the National League. During these players' careers, Pittsburgh has been a wretched team. The players are likely overlooking the surplus of young talent that the Pirates have built up, and instead looking at the here and now, which is a rebuilding, young team. Oswalt is nearing the end of his career, and he'd like a ring. Pittsburgh won't be ready for the big time for another couple of seasons, regardless of the wealth of talent they've b...
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  • Big Money Players saying no to Pittsburgh. Well if we didnt have that major losing streak last year we would of competed for the division. Im tired signing players who once were the dominate player but know are trying to keep there head above water. I really hate that the Pittsburgh never gives the top prospects a chance, being a top prospect in Pittsburgh means 3 years in a ball 3 years in AA and AAA and finally making it when they are close to 30. I feel like the NFL if you make the big money then you should earn the big money why sign a guy and pay him millions to sit in the Minors.
  • The Pirates are big believers that if they bring up say, a young pitcher, and he has one bad outting it could set him back years. Thats BS. What sets them back years is leaving them on some farm league for 5 years. Bring these kids up. Whats it gonna hurt? One more losing season?
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