By: Andrew LimbergBy Larry Richert

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – For 20-long years the Pirates were usually found at the bottom of the standings but a playoff appearance last season ignited many dormant baseball fans in Pittsburgh who were longing for a winner.

Owner of the Pirates Bob Nutting says winning has always been their top priority. He joined Larry Richert and John Shumway from Spring Training in Bradenton Fla. to talk about it.

Does Nutting realize how high the expectations of the fans will be this year? He says, “We’ve been working to raise the expectations and raise the level of performance on the field.”

He adds seeing all the fans that came out last year to support the team was, “magical.”

The team lost and gained a few players in the off season. Does Nutting think he and his staff made the appropriate moves in the off season to set up his team to go even further this year? He says he is “pleased”, but admits they could have added a strong hitter.

Even if he didn’t’ fill all the spaces he wanted to Nutting says, “I’m encouraged about the amount of strength and talent we have coming up through the system over the long term to fill some of those positions as well.”

He says the reactions the fans gave the team last year were, “humbling.” He says it reminded him, “just how important the Pittsburgh Pirates have been since 1887 to this community.”

He says he knows the community has been hungry for winning baseball and says to finally see it come together was, “really fun and satisfying.”

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