[Cory’s note:† Randy originally wrote this in the comments section of this post, but I think it deserves a little more front-page lovin’.† Randy had written: “Well, what took them so long? And also, why now? Why not wait a couple of weeks?” This post-length comment came in response to a question posed by Matt:† Why wait for the end of the season when you can fire DL now?]
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 Iím 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 canít be much worse than what the club has had in the past decade.
But, as I see it, the Pirates wonít benefit from cutting ties before the season is over because top tier candidates wonít 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 donít wish ill will on the guy. He didnít 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 isnít some attention hungry, arrogant, leather-pants-wearing rock-star wannabe like at least one former MLB GM).
If Nutting couldíve waited even two more days to make this move it wouldíve 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.