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@Ugarles A lot of teams are hesitant to do it because of a lack of player buy-in. We saw what Burnett thought about the shifts this season. That's pretty much the standard attitude of players. As innovative as we like to say the Pirates are with this, Joe Maddon has been doing this kind of thing in Tampa for several years now, and other teams haven't followed suit.
9 months ago on There and back again: What do the Pirates need to do this winter?
@wkkortas @battlingbucs @njrose Worth mentioning that the "one good year" he's posted since 2009 was last year. Lind has always posted good ISOs. He has very good power. Doesnt' strike out a lot for a 1B, walks a decent amount. I think with a little coaching to change his approach to shorten his swing and hit more line drives as opposed to always going for the deep ball, he could be a consistently good hitter.That said, two caveats: 1, he's a homer pick, as he's from my home town. 2, there's a reason the Jays use him as a DH...he's a terrible defender.
@battlingbucs @njrose I suppose I should have been more clear: "The market" in this post refers to the market as it relates to the Pirates. They're not going to sign Napoli. He's going to get the kind of money that would make it an unwise move for them, even though you're right, he is a pretty good player.
As far as options that I see as actually making sense for the Pirates, I'm looking at James Loney, Kendrys Morales, Mark Reynolds, Kevin Youkilis and Carlos Pena. I like Lambo better on the risk/reward scale than any of those guys. I wouldn't be upset if they signed Morales or Loney, though I'd still think Lambo is the better idea, but if their plan is to block Lambo with someone like Reynolds, Pena, or an aging Kevin Youkilis who's now had two bad seasons in a row split between three parks that are all much more hitter-friendly than PNC, I'd rather see Lambo.
I think at first base, the best option this team has now that it's clear we won't be signing Abreau is to give Lambo a shot as the big part of the platoon with Gaby Sanchez, and if he doesn't work out, sign a veteran to platoon with Sanchez. Lambo is risky, but unless the Blue Jays decide not to pick up Adam Lind's option - which would be a major surprise to me - he also represents the best risk/reward balance the Pirates have available to them. As a guy who hit very well and for a lot of power in the minors last year as a 24 year old, he's got some upside. The free agent crop of first basemen beyond Abreau is...uninspiring. Morneau, as mediocre as he was, may be the best 1B on the market. That should tell you all you need to know about why playing Lambo, at least to start the season, is probably the best move for the Pirates.
@wkkortas Reverse Daydro!
9 months, 3 weeks ago on On Gerrit Cole
This is meaningful September baseball. A week ago, the Cardinals could be forgiven for thinking that their season was over. Now look at them. All it takes is another good run for the Pirates and they can get right back up to the top. Things like this are exactly what makes this month exciting.Don't stop believing...hold on to that feeling.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Game 142: Cardinals 9 Pirates 2
@Under_Dog_Lefty "How come it's alright to have BET (Black Entertainment Channel) when I'm quite sure it would be squashed in two seconds if someone tried to start up a WET (White Entertainment Channel)?"
What types of programming would be on White Entertainment Television? What shows would they feature? What type of cultural norms would they reinforce? How does one define "white culture?" What would WET look like?
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Peter King's MMQB website won't use the term 'Redskins'