I'm not a massive Pittsburgh Pirates fan. They would be my number three Pittsburgh franchise behind the Penguins and the Steelers, in that order. I like baseball as a whole, the game is interesting when you're there but slow enough so that when you watch on tv, you can do something else. The reason they're my number three Pittsburgh franchise is because of ownership and the front office.
It all started before the 2016 season. The Pirates had just come off a 98 win season, good for second in the entire league. Instead of adding pieces like common sense would dictate, the Pirates traded Neil Walker for struggling pitcher Jon Niese, confident that they could fix what was wrong with him like they had done with many others before. The problem with this is that Neil Walker was an above-average hitting second baseman while Niese needed work. Walker was also vocal in his displeasure with the front office not making the correct transactions in order to place the team in a better situation to win. Speculation is that this was shipping out someone that didn't agree with the front office's philosophy, though it's never been confirmed. They also didn't re-sign J.A. Happ, who had pitched lights out when he was acquired at the 2015 trade deadline. Signing Happ would have made the pill of a terrible bottom two starting pitchers more bearable. Instead, the front office cheaped themselves out of a great player.