Wow, does State College's Centre Daily Times seem angry. I don't blame them, but still, it seems like they bring out a new pitchfork every week.
Player Development Contracts last either two or four years, and less than a month after a successful 2006, Greenberg announced a four-year agreement with the Pirates...
While the Cardinals packed their equipment for Western New York, Curve Baseball officials greeted their new affiliation with glee...
[Spikes and Altoona Curve managing partner Chuck] Greenberg went as far as saying the Spikes would have extended the PDC beyond 2010 if Major League Baseball rules permitted such an arrangement.
Luckily, baseball doesn’t, and Curve Baseball still has two long years to assess its relationship with the Pirates in State College.
This article is all unfocused anger--it blames Greenberg for signing on with a franchise that has "spent the last 16 years rebuilding," then unflatteringly compares the Pirates' current management team to its former one by pointing out that the Altoona Curve "set attendance records by fielding playoff teams from 2003-2006" under Dave Littlefield's management. (2003-2006 was right in the heart of this 16-year "rebuilding" process, wasn't it?)
The writer also faults the Pirates for not winning at the major league level and therefore failing to prove to State College fans that Spikes prospects "eventually play in significant major-league games," but he doesn't seem to care that Littlefield's methods--the ones that produced those awesome records at Altoona--were a direct cause of the team's failures at the big-league level. If your team sees winning at the minor league level as an important goal, you'll do what Littlefield did: promote players conservatively and draft low-upside college players. You probably won't win at the big-league level, though, because your crafty pitchers and tools-free hitters will hit a wall in the high minors.
At least Greenberg gets it right:
Greenberg blamed the Spikes’ woes on poor drafts and signings by the previous front office, which coincidentally, helped the Double- A Altoona Curve set attendance records by fielding playoff teams from 2003-06.
“It’s the first year of the new regime,” Greenberg said. “There were some very poor drafts that preceded it. The draft this year appears to be strong, the signings from Latin America appear to be strong and there’s every reason to be very upbeat about the quality of players we are going to have in the future.”