This is routine across professional sports -- the St. Louis Cardinals paid Jim Leyland to sit at PNC Park all year and file reports on the Pirates -- but the Pirates do not practice it. Before the team's series at Wrigley Field last week, the scouting reports the Pirates gave their coaches had blank spots next to the categories of "hitting weaknesses" and "defensive weaknesses." That is the type of information best culled from first-hand accounts, and every minuscule advantage is needed for a team that finished a league-worst 15-28 in one-run games.
That's unbelievable. No, not unbelievable. Typical.