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Red Sox Color Commentator Dennis Eckersley Goes Off On Pittsburgh Pirates’s Lack of Spending, Losing Ways

August 17, 2022

The Boston Red Sox (58-59) played the Pittsburgh Pirates (45-71) last night, during which NESN color commentator Dennis Eckersley ripped the Pirates’ management for the team’s poor play and lengthy rebuild.

“You talk about a no-name lineup. There’s no team like this,” Eckersley said during the game Tuesday, August 16.

“This is a hodgepodge of nothingness,” he continued.

The Red Sox went on to beat the Pirates 5-3 in the first of three games.

Eckersley also commented on the lack of younger prospects called up from the minor leagues to avoid using up their service time. Service time refers to the amount of time a prospect plays in the majors before the team loses control of him to free agency.

“I’d love to see some of the service time when you add it all up,” Eckersley said regarding Pittsburgh. “It’s not much. We just came from Kansas City, seeing all of those young kids. This is different, though. Doesn’t it seem different?”

Including 2022, the Pirates have finished under .500 (a losing record) 26 times in the last 30 years.

So far, the Pirates’ payroll in 2022 is $63 million, which is more than half the league average. That puts them in twenty-eighth in the league in payroll, ahead of only the Oakland Athletics and the Baltimore Orioles. 

Eighteen teams are paying more than double in total salaries what the Pirates are paying. 

Six teams are paying more than triple.


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