6/19, Bill Madden: "Can it get any worse for Pittsburgh fans,
who are suffering through what is certain to be the Pirates' 18th consecutive losing season? On Thursday, after the last-place Pirates lost their 10th consecutive game to fall to 23-43,
- team president Frank Coonelly revealed he had secretly extended the contracts of manager
- John Russell, who lost 95 and 99 games in his first two seasons at the helm,
Said Russell, even more reassuringly to the Pirate fans: "This doesn't change anything. We're not going to change the way we're doing things."
- even though he was coming off major knee surgery.
Perhaps if Coonelly isn't willing to hold Huntington accountable for the Pirate mess, he should do the fans a favor and
- offer up himself as the real culprit."
from Madden's NY Daily News column 6/19, It's a Madd, Madd World, "Baseball undergoing major transition
as young stars injecting new life into game"