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 Post subject: Question for Frank ?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:36 pm 
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If anyone has any serious, non-slamming, questions that I can ask Frank Coonelly when I see him at Spring training, I'd like to compile a list and get his answers.
We see him every Spring Training and he talks baseball for a bit with us and I'd like to have some questions for him.

If no one cares, fair enough, but I wanted to at least offer to do this.

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 Post subject: Re: Question for Frank ?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 2:45 pm 
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I would lol!

I would like to ask Frank if he thinks the pirates will be able to sign a 100 million dollar contract in the future? One day guys like Cutch, Alvarez, Cole and maybe more down the road will be looking for it if they're healthy and performing. With extra revenue and a string of successful seasons looking like a possibility will a contract of that stature happen?


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 Post subject: Re: Question for Frank ?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 7:38 pm 
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I'd ask him about what he perceives to be the next "big" source of revenue for the Pirates and/or Mlb. Pay-per-view per game? Does he envision that growth of revenues in Pittsburgh can match growth among larger markets or will the revenue spread continue to widen? What is MLB's long term vision on these issues?

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 Post subject: Re: Question for Frank ?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:47 pm 
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According to Wikipedia, which is never wrong ;) :

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Coonelly previously served as a Senior Vice President in the Commissioner's Office, where he was in charge of various matters including arbitration hearings and draft bonuses.


In that vein...

If Bud Selig does retire at the end of the 2014 season, who would he like to see as the next Commissioner of baseball?

What challenges will MLB face during its next labor/union negotiation?

What is his opinion on the new draft slot bonuses and/or the international slot cap of $20 M?

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 Post subject: Re: Question for Frank ?
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Thanks I will compile these and add to list of questions for him.
If anyone has more, please continue to share them.

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 Post subject: Re: Question for Frank ?
PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:43 am 
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NSMaster56 wrote:
According to Wikipedia, which is never wrong ;) :

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Coonelly previously served as a Senior Vice President in the Commissioner's Office, where he was in charge of various matters including arbitration hearings and draft bonuses.


In that vein...

If Bud Selig does retire at the end of the 2014 season, who would he like to see as the next Commissioner of baseball?


This. And does he really think Selig will retire? :D


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 Post subject: Re: Question for Frank ?
PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 11:34 am 
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Here's a question that will never be answered:

Was the decision not to extend A.J. Burnett a Qualifying Offer made by management or ownership?


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 Post subject: Re: Question for Frank ?
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J_C_Steel wrote:
Here's a question that will never be answered:

Was the decision not to extend A.J. Burnett a Qualifying Offer made by management or ownership?


FWIW this is from Dejan's chat today:

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Dan: Why did the pirates drag their feet with AJ Burnett? We need him to be part of the rotation if we are to complete in the Central Division. Are the Pirates are just being cheap. your thoughts.

Dejan Kovacevic: The Pirates, as I've written for years, place an internal valuation on a player and don't like to stray from it. And no, that doesn't come from Bob Nutting. He's not evaluating players. It comes from his front office. They're also very fond of the idea of getting someone at a bargain rate, not even necessarily so they can be cheap but to be able to say that they did. They love that sort of thing.

When anyone asks me what happened with A.J., I believe they thought they had the player all to themselves. Same as Miguel Sano. So they looked at $14 million, thought it was high and said, eh, let's wait to see what he does and maybe they'd look like geniuses in the end.

Obviously, they don't.

Funny thing is, the very best signing this management team has had was the one time they broke all their own rules and went above and beyond for Russell Martin. They saw the player they wanted, they went and got him. Funny how that works.



Personally, I think Nutting is too smart to meddle like that. Good leaders trust the guys they hire under them to do the job they were hired to do.


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 Post subject: Re: Question for Frank ?
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Here's my question for him:
What year does Coonelly and his management team envision the Pittsburgh Pirates winning the National League?


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 Post subject: Re: Question for Frank ?
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If you believe Tim Williams and a couple other Pirates bloggers, by 2016 they are/could be the best team in all of baseball.

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