Littlefield Gets Canned

Well, what took them so long? And also, why now? Why not wait a couple of weeks?
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2 Responses to “Littlefield Gets Canned”

  1. Matt Says:

    I’ll turn it around: why wait a couple of weeks?

  2. Randy Linville Says:

    Fair question to turn around.
    So, why fire him now? As Bob Nutting has said, the reason to fire DL now is to be out in front for the best candidates as other teams will likely chop their GMs in the off season.
    Problem is this: Nutting is assuming that a good candidate would jump on the first job available rather than waiting for the best job available. If I’m a young aspiring GM (or former, well thought of GM), I look at the Pirates as a club with a bad ownership group and a barren farm system. Not an ideal place to start (or resurrect) a front office career.
    On the positive side, if I was the aspiring GM, you have to believe that you can’t be much worse than what the club has had in the past decade.
    But, as I see it, the Pirates won’t benefit from cutting ties before the season is over because top tier candidates won’t be clamoring for the Steel City job. Too many negatives and not enough positives.
    On the other hand: why not wait until the season is over? Simple – let DL have his dignity. I don’t wish ill will on the guy. He didn’t do a good job, but the two times I happen to run into him on the concourse around PNC on Sunday home games, he seemed like a nice, approachable and down to earth guy (in other words, he isn’t some attention hungry, arrogant, leather-pants-wearing rock-star wannabe like at least one former MLB GM).
    If Nutting could’ve waited even two more days to make this move it would’ve received far less attention because the Steelers and the rest of the NFL would have kicked off. As it, is DL is front page news in Pittsburgh and elsewhere as the story even made the front page of Yahoo! earlier this evening.

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