Bill Brink's Pirates chat: 8.2.17
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Bill Brink
12:49
Good question. Dropping attendance does two things: It shows ownership that fans aren't happy with the product on the field ... and reduces revenue needed to improve it. I do know that drops in attendance definitely get ownership's attention, so you'd have to think something will be done after two seasons like these last two.
Lighting round. Go.
Fish Monger
12:49
1) Will Jaso be re-signed after the season?(please tell me no)
Bill Brink
12:49
Don't think so, no.
Fish Monger
12:51
Do you think that Hurdle is a good manager? Remember he hasn't had many winning seasons in his career and I for one hope he leaves after the season.
Bill Brink
12:53
I think he's a better manager than he gets credit for, and I think he has improved since he got here. His use of the bullpen is generally solid, and I think he has the ear of the clubhouse. While I understand his reasoning behind resting players to keep them fresh, I also see the need to get better lineups on the field to stay in contention, because if they're fresh in September but the team is already out of the race that might not help.
Seth Newbury
12:53
Do you have any idea when Gregory Polanco may return? He was on fire before getting hurt.
Bill Brink
12:54
Could be as soon as today. He went through a full workout yesterday and told Stephen Nesbitt he hoped to be activated this afternoon.
Fish Monger
12:54
Cervelli really confuses me. You never know what you are going to get from him offensively. For 2 months he was terrible, then in June and part of July he was red hot, now he can't buy a hit. In 2015 he was consistently good the whole season. What is up with him and his offensive struggles?
Bill Brink
12:55
This year, health has played a role. His foot bugged him, then he had a sinus-related thing, then a concussion with re-occurring symptoms.
That's it for today, thanks for all the great questions. No chat next week, but we'll get back after it the following week from Milwaukee.
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