Kevin McClatchy is out

Kevin McClatchy has liquidated his position in the Pittsburgh Pirates:

Former Pirates managing general partner Kevin McClatchy has sold his remaining shares in the team, ending a 13-year relationship that began with the newspaper heir ensuring that the club remained in Pittsburgh.

McClatchy’s spot on the five-man Pirates board of directors will not immediately be filled.

“This was a personal decision that I felt was best to make at this time,” McClatchy said in a statement issued Wednesday by the Pirates. “I care deeply about this organization, the city of Pittsburgh and the people of this region. While I will no longer play a role with the club, I will always passionately support the team in any way that I can.”

He hasn’t been in control for a couple of years, but now he’s really and truly out.

Pirates fans can choose to remember McClatchy in any number of ways, be it as the fair-haired boy whose stewardship resulted in 13 straight losing seasons, or the man who, according to the article anyway, saw his investment in the Pirates appreciate some 300% in those 13 years while (a) demanding that Pennsylvania taxpayers build him a shiny new stadium; and (b) putting almost zero dollars into things that would translate into a winning product on the field.

Now that I think about it, I think I’ll choose to remember him for both of those things.

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  1. APBA Guy said...

    The plus side of the ledger was keeping the team in Pitt, according to my relatives there. The minus side is very long after that, and includes the items that you mention, as well as all the mishandling of the GM roles, pocketing revenue sharing money, etc..

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