Found December 12, 2012 on isportsweb.com:
Read part 1 of the series here, and part 2 here. We’ve laid out the key decision makers of the Pittsburgh Pirates that have contributed to two of the worst collapses in MLB history- in consecutive years no less (2011 and 2012)!  In the conclusion of this 3-part series, this author shares his opinions on who are accountable, from the least responsible to the most.   Least Responsible:  The Pirates’ Players Themselves Image credit post-gazette This seems counterintuitive, as the players are the ones deciding games on the field, while the front office types watch from their luxury boxes.  Further, the team clearly went through the motions in September, despite being 2 games or less out of the Wild Card race for much of the month. But as you examine the roster, it’s difficult to find many players that performed well below expectations.  SS Clint Barmes and C Rod Barajas obviously jump out, but both were also clearly in decline when the Pirates spent $15,500,000 signing them in the offse...
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