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Pirates fan starts petition requesting MLB to force owner to sell team

The Pittsburgh Pirates may or may not be in the midst of a total tear-down and rebuild — general manager Neal Huntington insists they are not — but the moves made by the team in recent days have left fans feeling disappointed in the organization’s direction.

That’s why a disgruntled Pirates fan — identified as J K — has started a petition in which it is requested that Major League Baseball compel owner Bob Nutting to sell the team.

The petition, launched on Change.org, explains why Nutting ought to be ushered out as owner.

“Pittsburgh is a baseball town that is being destroyed by a greedy owner. There are so many loyal fans who truly care and support this team through thick and thin. We deserve better. I, like many others, endured so much pain watching a losing franchise from 1993 until 2013 when we saw playoff baseball return to Pittsburgh. You could see and hear the pain we kept inside all those years being released that October night. If you have had a chance to witness that glorious night, you know Pittsburgh is a baseball town. We’ve had enough! There needs to be change from the top of the organization down. Bob Nutting needs to sell this team, so that we can see a competitive baseball team year in and year out. It is obvious that he doesn’t want to spend the money to make that happen. We need an owner who has a competitive spirit and loves the game of baseball!”

The Pirates traded away revered outfielder Andrew McCutchen and standout pitcher Gerrit Cole over the past week. And now Josh Harrison has indicated the Pirates should trade him as well if winning is not a priority in the near future.

The Change.org petition, just launched in previous days, has already garnered nearly 25,000 votes, the stated goal. Obviously not much will come of the petition, as there’s no chance its stated goal has any chance of coming to fruition. Although the response to the petition should send a message to Pirates brass that the team has one unhappy fan base.