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Pittsburgh Pirates star Bryan Reynolds cracked back at Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley on Wednesday after the legendary closer ripped the organization during their game against the Boston Red Sox.
Eckersley, who is a broadcaster for the Red Sox, was bewildered by the Pirates’ lineup. He called it a “hodgepodge of nothingness” and then called the organization “pathetic” for its consistent low payroll.
Reynolds was asked about the remark.
Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley attends the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Clark Sports Center on July 24, 2022, in Cooperstown, New York. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
“I couldn’t give any less of a crap what that guy has to say,” he said via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The Pirates have not won much of anything since their 1979 World Series championship run behind Dave Parker and Willie Stargell against the Baltimore Orioles.
Since their last World Series win, the Pirates have made the postseason only six times and have failed to even get back to the Fall Classic. Pittsburgh made the National League Wild Card Series in 2014 and 2015 and lost in the National League Division Series in five games in 2013.
Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Bryan Reynolds walks back to the dugout after striking out against the San Francisco Giants on Aug. 12, 2022, at Oracle Park in San Francisco, California. (Bob Kupbens/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
The team has not won more than 82 games since the playoff run, and things are not looking any better this season. Not to mention, the team offloaded stars like Gerrit Cole, Starling Marte, Josh Bell and Adam Frazier, and were rumored considering it again with their current young corps of players.
Home plate umpire Roberto Ortiz, left, ejects Pittsburgh Pirates’ Bryan Reynolds (10), who had argued a called third strike, during the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox on Aug. 16, 2022, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Pittsburgh rejected “tempting” offers for Reynolds a few weeks before the trade deadline, The Athletic reported in July. The New York Post reported that the New York Yankees, Miami Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners were among the teams interested in him.
The All-Star came into Wednesday hitting .257 with a .795 OPS and 17 home runs.
Ryan Gaydos is the sports editor for Fox News and Fox Business. Story tips can be sent to Ryan.Gaydos@fox.com.