12:50 Comment from RetireNutting
Huntington pretty much *has* to be GM of the year, no?
12:50 Dave Cameron
It was nearly costless (riskless) to bash the Pirates and their current front office before this season. Every losing season gave ballast to whatever complaint a critic might want to float. The Streak made criticisms prima facie plausible.
One criticism which should not pass by without comment: The Pirates ought to spend more on off-season ML free agents, thus increasing payroll to an acceptable level. Why should this criticism require comment? This specific criticism demands critical scrutiny because Driving for 75 or for 82 would have deprived the organization of the draft picks they used to select many of their most promising prospects. These prospects will enable the Pirates to continue to contend over the coming years. They will finish the tasks which reappeared this season: Make and win the World Series. Driving for 75 and 82 might have produced inflated win totals that would have had perverse effects over the long-term. Those effects: The Pirates may have had to perpetually Drive for 75 or 82. They needed to start from scratch or nearly so for this great opportunity to present itself to the teams and its fans.
The Pirates took the correct path back when Nutting took over the franchise, and Huntington executed the strategy which has led us to this moment. He deserves the award.