|Front Office biographies
Robert Nutting, Chairman
Throughout his ownership, Nutting has continued the consistent focus of improving the Pirates entire operation. He has led the effort to completely overhaul the team's facilities, leadership team and organizational approach. As a result, the Pirates organization is stronger than it has been in 20 years.
The Pirates have been the most aggressive team in Major League Baseball in investing and acquiring talent through the Amateur Draft under Nutting's leadership. In addition, the Pirates have also significantly increased their focus on infusing their system with top international talent. As a result, the Pirates Minor League system is now ranked in the top five to eight in all of baseball.
Manager Clint Hurdle was hired to inject a new attitude in the clubhouse while the hard work and player development over the first few years of his ownership has begun to make a positive impact at the Major League level.
Nutting's tenure has included the construction of the Pirates training academy in the Dominican Republic, the efforts to rebuild Pirate City, the Pirates Spring Training complex in Bradenton, Florida, and the purchase of a Florida State League franchise, the Bradenton Marauders.
Nutting has also demonstrated his commitment to ensure that Pittsburgh remains home to "The Best Ballpark in America" by enhancing and promoting the family friendly environment at PNC Park through numerous upgrades and new amenities at the ballpark.
Nutting's family roots in the greater Pittsburgh region date back as long as the Pirates 126-year history. His dedication to giving back to the community in every aspect of his life has brought a newfound philanthropic commitment to the organization.
Nutting has led Pirates Charities, the Club's official philanthropic arm, in making an even deeper positive impact in the community by being actively engaged in a number of community projects. This engagement has been critical in the construction of five Miracle League fields, the building of the Pirates Community Baseball Center and the continued widespread impact of the Fields for Kids program that assists in improvements to youth baseball and softball fields throughout the region. Overall, the Pirates and Pirates Charities, support more than 3,000 community organizations each year.
An avid outdoorsman and conservationist, Nutting is the driving force behind the Pirates "Let's Go Bucs. Let's Go Green." initiative to make PNC Park operations more environmentally friendly. The program has been widely recognized as one of the best in professional sports.
Nutting brings a long history of building successful organizations and a multi-generational commitment to the economic growth in the Pittsburgh region. He also serves as President and CEO of Ogden Newspapers, Inc., and Chairman of Seven Springs Mountain Resort.
PERSONAL: Robert M. Nutting...Born on 3/29/62 in Wheeling, WV…Wife's name is Leslie…Three daughters…Earned a B.A. from Williams College in Massachusetts…Currently serves on the Board of Trustees Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and as a director of the Carnegie Natural History Museum in Pittsburgh...Is committed to education through his service as Chairman of the Board for the The Linsly School, on the board of Bethany College, on the board of Thacher School and as past Chairman of the West Virginia Independent Colleges & Universities…Also serves as Chairman of the Newspaper Association of America and Chairman of the Board of NewsRight, a media digital rights organization...Is a former President of the West Virginia Press Association…Nutting also supports various environmental programs, including the current vice chairman of the Nature Conservancy/West Virginia Chapter...Is a licensed commercial pilot and flight instructor, an avid fly fisherman and skier.
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