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I have read this conversation before - that the Pirates sign players instead of trusting their inernal options. But, I suppose waiting is okay. Like you say a lot, wait to evaluate an offseason of work once all the moves are in instead of evaluating them one by one.
But, something I saw in a comment on Pirate Prospects, do you think this could have been done with an eye towards carrying three catchers and using Russell Martin to play 3B against left handers? Sanchez could start when Martin rests or plays 3B, and Stewart could be the third-in-line. Then, this move could mean that the Pirates figured Stewart as a backup catcher is cheaper than getting a platoon partner for Alvarez.
1 week ago on Olney: Pirates close to trading for Chris Stewart
One final thought - in negotiations and in planning for the future, a key is to focus on your biggest weakness. I think our biggest weakness is 1B. I think going after AJ Burnett is a bigger priority b/c of the stability he brings t the rotation. But our weakest position for now, and with no obvious answer in sight, is 1B. As you pointed out - there are going to be more problems in a year or two when other players go. It would be nice to focus on our weakness now and get rid of it by implementing some long term stability so it doesn't keep hanging around when other weaknesses emerge.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on There and back again: What do the Pirates need to do this winter?
I like this. But I would flip around RF and 1B as priorities. I am not sure if you put RF first in your article b/c it is more important , or if it just ended up there, so I guess I can't tell whether you think RF or 1B are bigger priorities. But, my opinion, I think that b/c we are waiting for Polanco right now - and that might be a long term solution, we need to think a little more about 1B.
This would be my priorities for the 2013-2014 offseason - (1) resign AJ Burnett, at the same time (2) figure out the future at 1B, and whether that is a free agent, a platoon, or waiting for a prospect - and while we are figuring out the answer to that question, (2a) see if we can get a short term patch at 1B - beginning with Morneau to form a Morneau/Sanchez platoon, and then (3) look into a one year patch for RF to buy time waiting for Polanco to get ready and/or see how he does at a major leage level - and the first stop is to see if Marlon Byrd will sign for a one year deal, but if he won't then (3a) decide if we want to go with Tabata/Snider or look somewhere else.
"Wait 'til next year" - now it actually means something for us. I can handle a winter doing that.
2 months ago on NLDS Game 5: Cardinals 6 Pirates 1 (and so much more)
1-1, and now back to Pittsburg with Liriano coming up, right? Not too bad.
2 months ago on NLDS Game 2 Preview: Don't Panic (Gerrit Cole vs. Lance Lynn)
I am really glad we are not the Reds at least. They are benefiting from this in a big way. What chumps.
2 months, 1 week ago on The one game playoff is ridiculous
Well written. The point about how 94 wins vs. 87 wins would put the Pirates in the playoffes either way is especially good. But I am also glad you put this post up to get this frustration out of the way and to get excited about the game now!
And the best part, we just made a trade for a month of baseball b/c the next month of baseball matters! I haven't thought about the Pirates in this way since I was in 6th grade!
3 months, 1 week ago on Marlon Byrd and the urgency of the moment
When I first read about the trade I was disappointed to see Dilson Herrera go. He is the type of depth that I think is nice to have in the system - the type of player that is more likely than not to do well. In other words, a few things have to go right for him to do well, but there are a bunch of things that have to go wrong for him to do poorly.
But then I thought about all the players I would have been more disappointed to see go - Jameson Taillon, Gregory Polanco, Alen Hanson, Tyler Glasnow, Nick Kingham, Clay Holmes, Luis Heredia - and probably a whole bunch of other players I am not thinking of right now. In other words, when I was thinking about players I would hate to see leave, Herrera didn't crack my top ten.
And after that, I started thinking about all the players I would have been disappointed to see the Pirates trade prospects for, and Marlon Byrd didn't crack my list. I don't like that he is a little old and that he used dope, but aside from that, he seems fine. When rumors were flying like crazy there were a lot of players I wasn't really inspired by, but Byrd seems fine to me.
And most importantly, it seems to me like somebody on Pirates Prospects said it right. Our needs included a RF, a hitter who can hit a left handed pitcher, and catching depth. I guess I prefer Tony Sanchez as our backup catcher, but those other two needs sure got checked.
This team's problem is lack of offense - which of course we all know. We lost three extra inning games over about the last week and during 15 innings of baseball we could not manage one run. And all the while, our pitchers could prevent runs. I think extra inning games are interesting b/c it usually only takes one run at any given time to win. But, over 15 innings, almost two full games worth of baseball, where the only thing we needed was a run, we couldn't do it.
I don't think we will collapse, but this does not bode well. We are a baseball team that cannot get a run when we need it. It is like a football team that seemingly cannot get a first down when it is necessary. That team can win a bunch of games, but it does not bode well for the playoffs.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on When 'should win' becomes 'have to win'
Yeah - but I sure would like to see a win tonight. The first two losses against the Rockies almost seemed okay. I'd rather lose big and get it out of our system then lose close games. Afterall, each loss is only worth one - whether it is by a lot or a little. But the last two losses were both games that we tried really hard to win, but didn't. That is harder for me to handle.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Game 118: Cardinals 4 Pirates 3
I sort of like this team as we are. I want to get into the post season as bad as anybody, but I sort of like the idea of getting there with the team we had at the beginning of the season. Now the only trick is finishing the job, which is no small order, but I think this team can do it.
4 months ago on Friday afternoon links
Thanks - I'll have to check it out.
Pat - You ought to set up some cool type of forum where all of us talk about our memories from the last 20 years. Maybe it is too silly to do a reminising-type of post, but I think it would be fun to talk about. Ending 20 years in the wilderness is a big deal - we need cool ways to celebrate!
4 months ago on 70 wins
I like the format of the march to 82 wins - give us a little recap with the last season we won X amount of games to relive the 20 years in the wilderness. It will be fun and a little cathartic - I hope you keep doing it!
I am still struggling to figure out when a noun can be a verb. The other day I heard somebody refer to "droning" - which apparently means a drone strike. Now, I have to adjust to the accronyming of our language too??!!
4 months ago on Tuesday morning links
Maybe this is in the video - but do you think Charlie Morton should be a starter or a reliever for the playoffs?
What does "TNSTAAPP" mean?
I have been in the "don't even trade for Stanton" camp. A few weeks ago we exchanged a few posts about that. Maybe you win though. I think we would have swept the Marlins this last series if we had Stanton and they didn't. On Friday we lost 2-0. Stanton went 2-2 with a home run and two walks. Yesterday we lost 3-2. Stanton went 2-3 with a home run and a walk. If we had that performance on those two days we might have won. That would put us with two more wins, which would have us leading the NL Central right now. I know baseball doesn't work like that, but it is still fun to torture myself over this.
4 months, 1 week ago on The Cardinals, the playoffs, and the trade deadline
I see a few bring back Jason Bay comments on Pirate Prospects. Could that work?
(I also saw a bring back Barry Bonds comment. I am 90% joking - but could that work too?)
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Game 94: Reds 5 Pirates 3
"I know that, as Pirate fans, we've become creaturs of the future, because the present has been so bleak. We have to learn to embrace the now."
I think that is a true statement, and an accurate summary of at least some of my feelings. I guess b/c I don't disagree with what you wrote, but I also don't disagree with what I wrote, it means that I am just looking forward to whatever might happen.
Email threads like this make me wish I was out East to go to a baseball game and beer on a WHYGAVS night. It would be pretty fun I bet.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on At the break