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Pirates' GM Neal Huntington: Please Mock Me

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Fun stuff from Neal Huntington:

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We have short-, medium- and long-term goals. Short and medium, we're beginning to be able to evaluate those. Short-term, we've accomplished a tremendous amount. It's below the surface. It's completely revising how we scout, how we evaluate, how we sign and develop players. That's gone very, very well. Short-term, really, the only thing that we feel we've missed on is wins and losses at the major-league level. We didn't expect this team to be staring at 90 or 100 losses again. I can also tell you we didn't expect to win 100 games. We set the playoffs as a goal, not as a prediction. Have we lost more games than we expected? Yeah, we have. How do we overcome that? We need to play good, sound, fundamental baseball...

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It goes on from there. Now, which single sentence from there do you think the media is going to seize upon? I'm betting on this one:

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Short-term, really, the only thing that we feel we've missed on is wins and losses at the major-league level.

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This one reminds me of something inept former Devil Rays GM Chuck Lamar said once:

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"The only thing that keeps this organization from being recognized as one of the finest in baseball is wins and losses at the major-league level." 

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That quote was a widely ridiculed last gasp of a man who was soon to be fired. And now Huntington has gone and said something almost identical. Huntington isn't an incompetent GM, but he sure talks like one sometimes.

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