No one knows what the Pirates have been thinking the last 17 years. You can try to ask Neal Huntington, but you won't learn anything. He spins more nonsense than Robert Gibbs. So, to help all of you guys out, WSBGM's will provide free translational services. Here are some recent quotes form Neal and what he's really saying.
Huntington - "Organizations make major mistakes when they send a player to the big leagues because he is the best option, not because he's ready."
Translation - "Winning should not be a priority. Putting the best possible team on the field should not be a priority. Entertaining the fans should not be a priority. Delaying the time until our best players get traded to the Yankees? Priority."
Huntington - "When you have talent like some of the guys coming through our system, they can't make a team because they are our best option. They need to make the Major League team when they're ready."
Translation - "Listen guys, I'm in unknown territory here. Have you seen the "talent" that has rolled through our system in the last dozen years or so? Everybody we draft sucks. And if they show promise, we ruin them. Sure, occasionally somebody survives our interference and succeeds, but then I try to trade them, because I don't know how to handle real talented players. It's easier to hide them in AAA and hope they blow and ACL or something so we never have to deal with things like arbitration, contract extensions or performance bonuses that the player may actually achieve. Scary thoughts, indeed."
Huntington - "We'd rather be a day too late than a day too early."
Translation - "No need to rush to get that winning season. Just think of the satisfaction we'll have in 2032 when we finally win 82 games. Oooh, just think. That's why I only move my bowels every 6 months."
Huntington - "What are they saying, that we'll lose 95 or 100?"
Translation - "Preposterous! The 2009 team motto isn't 'No More Than 94' for nothing."
Huntington - "Every decision we make has some financial or business ramifications, so it would be disingenuous of me to say that this one didn't. But our driving force is Andrew McCutchen's development and growth."
Translation - "Ahhhh, you got me! It's all about the money and not wanting this guy to get "super-two" status. We can't afford another year of arbitration...unless we eliminate mustard from the hot dog stands. That would save a few bucks. But you guys need your mustard, so that wouldn't be cool. We'll just send him down to AAA."