Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to Bob Nutting: Get Lost

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You know how I feel about open letters, but this one from the editors of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to Pirate owner Bob Nutting is pretty good for the genre:

Dear Mr. Nutting,

Major league sports is a brutal business. What with aggressive
player agents, deep-pocketed competitors and more venues vying for the
public’s entertainment dollar, it is not a pursuit for the faint of
heart.

Still, your family has had an ownership stake in the Pirates for 14
years and you’ve been the controlling owner since January 2007. Not
once during the Nuttings’ involvement has the team had a winning
season. The Pirates’ streak of 17 losing campaigns exceeds any run of
futility in the history of professional sports. It is, no doubt, as
frustrating for you as it is for the fans.

The difference between you and the other Pirates faithful, though, is you can do something about it.

The letter goes on to describe the epic-ness of Nutting’s fail, and implores him to call Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle and sell the team already.  I’m sure there are countless Pirates fans who nodded in approval as they read this over their Count Chocula this morning.

Jose Altuve leads all vote-getters in All-Star balloting

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The latest update to the All-Star voting is in and it reveals that Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is the leading vote-getter in all of baseball. Altuve, on his way to his sixth All-Star appearance and fourth starting selection in a row, has has 1,572,101 votes. Altuve leads the Majors with a .342 batting average and 102 hits.

At other positions Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos has overtaken Gary Sánchez of the New York Yankees at catcher, José Abreu of the White Sox leads at first, third base is led by José Ramírez of the Indians, Manny Machado of Orioles leads at short, Boston’s J.D. Martinez paces the DHs and the Sox’ Mookie Betts, the Angels’ Mike Trout and the Yankees’ Aaron Judge round out the starters.

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