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Pirates fans want to get rid of owner and they already took the first step

The Pirates, who reached the playoffs three straight seasons from 2013-15, have finished below .500 each of the last two years

Andrew McCutchen, Josh Harrison - Pittsburgh Pirates' Andrew McCutchen (22) celebrates with Josh Harrison after hitting a three-run home run off of San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain during the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Monday, July 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Andrew McCutchen, Josh Harrison - Pittsburgh Pirates' Andrew McCutchen (22) celebrates with Josh Harrison after hitting a three-run home run off of San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain during the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Monday, July 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) | Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved., AP, Copyright 2000 Adobe Systems Incorporated

Some Pittsburgh Pirates fans are signing a petition to express their frustration following the team’s decision to trade star outfielder Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants.

As of Wednesday, more than 28,000 fans signed a petition on change.org asking Major League Baseball to force Pirates owner Bob Nutting to sell the team.

Writing “we deserve better,” the petition’s starters aim to reach 35,000 signatures to protest the direction Nutting and the front office have taken in the offseason. Pittsburgh sent top starting pitcher Gerrit Cole to Houston on Saturday, then sent McCutchen to the Giants, shedding the organization of $20 million in salary in the process.

Here is the full post:

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, who reached the playoffs three straight seasons from 2013-15, have finished below .500 each of the last two years.

Nutting, who took over as the team’s principal owner in 2007, called the decision to trade McCutchen the most difficult of his tenure.

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