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- Outfielder Starling Marte will start the 2011 season with Double-A Altoona. Marte missed part of the 2010 season with a broken hamate.
- Catcher Tony Sanchez will also start the 2011 season with Double-A Altoona if he hasn’t regressed during his recovery from his broken jaw. Sanchez will also play in the Arizona Fall League.
- The Pirates have thrown out/picked off six of the last seven opposing baserunners.
- The Pirates starting pitchers have posted a 2.55 ERA in the last seven games –a recorded quality start in six of those starts–
- Pittsburgh as well as all the other MLB teams will annouce its 2011 schedule on Wednesday.
- David Wright needs just two-RBI to tie Mike Piazza for second place on the Mets’ club all-time list with 655. (Darryl Strawberry is first with 733 RBI.)
- The Mets are 11-11 at home since the All-Star break.
Zach Duke (7-13, 5.47 ERA) LHP
R.A. Dickey (10-6, 2.91 ERA) RHP
Duke has won two of his last three decisions (one of those wins came from beating the mets on 9/3). His last start was pretty brutal though. Zach lasted just 1.0 inning –the shortest of his career– and gave up four runs on six hits and walked two. Duke is 4-1 with a 2.91 ERA in seven starts against the Mets.
Dickey won his career high 10th game of the season on 9/8 against the Nationals. He went six innings and allowed two runs on five hits. Dickey has only faced the Pirates in relief. He is 6-1 with a 1.85 ERA in eight starts at Citi Field this season.
Extra-inning losses have been becoming popular for the Pirates as of late. Monday night’s 1-0 loss in the 10th inning was the the third time they failed to win in extras in the past four games.
Chan Ho Park came into the game in the 10th inning, but he wasn’t on the mound for very long. He allowed a double by Ruben Tejada, then Nick Evans’ came through with a pinch-hit single scoring the walk-off run.
The Pirates had the opportunity to take the lead in the 10th. Andrew McCutchen was on second base and Jose Tabata was at the plate, Manager John Russell wanted him to bunt.
“Andrew McCutchen on third with one out, there are a lot of ways to score from third,” Russell said. “Jose can bunt. We need to get Andrew to third base. With his kind of speed, a chopper, sac fly, anything is going to score him. With his kind of speed, it’s important to get him to third base.”
Things didn’t work out in the Pirates favor though. Tabata layed down possibly one of the worst bunts I have ever seen in my life. It landed just a few feet in front of the Mets catcher and he threw out McCutchen at third base.
Everyone in the ballpark knew he was bunting,” Thole said. “You have to take a shot. We’re trying to win this ballgame. We’re not playing for a tie.”
“It’s just one of those things — either you go or you don’t,” McCutchen said, unfairly shouldering some of the blame for the botched play. “I probably shouldn’t have gone. I went as soon as I saw the ball hit the ground.”
Unfortunately for James McDonald, his brillant pitching performance was over shadowed.
J-Mac needed just 100 pitches to get through eight shutout innings. He only allowed five hits, walked two and struck out four. It also extended his streak to 17 consecutive scoreless innings for McDonald.
“Every game, the goal is to put up zeroes and give your team a chance to win,” McDonald said. “Last time, these guys kind of roughed me up, so I had to motivate myself to pound the strike zone, get ahead of these guys.”
It was also McDonald’s longest outing of his career and he only needed 100 pitches to do it. What has been the key for J-Mac?
“Making pitches when I have to, getting the ball down in the zone when I need to and good defense.”
“He’s been consistent. That’s the main thing,” Russell said. “He’s got the stuff, but being consistent like he is, he’s able to have clean innings, his pitch count stays low. He’s really grown over these last few starts.”
The Pirates picked-up their 56th loss away from home. (Think of it this way, as Jenifer Langosch tweeted: For added perspective: the Rays have lost 56 games total in 2010.)
- The Pirates are 0-3 at Citi Field since it opened in 2009. (This is their first trip to the big apple this season.)
- The Mets are 40-27 at home this season but have fallen to 10-11 since the All-Star break.
- Neil Walker looks to extend his current hit streak to 19, which would be a Pirates rookie franchise record.
- Luis Heredia, Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie will all report to Pirates city this week for the first round of instructional league.
- Chan Ho Park is currently tied with Hideo Nomo for most wins by an Asian-born pitcher. (123) Park has only given up one earned run in his last 12 appearances.
James McDonald 3-5, 4.81 ERA
Dillon Gee1-0, 1.29 ERA
McDonald battled the Braves and even outdueled ace Tim Hudson during his last start. He picked up his third win pitching seven shutout innings, gave up five hits, walked three and struck out three. J-Mac has been a different story on the road with an alarming 6.50 ERA. He has since been working on some mechanical issues that hopefully translate to his start against the Mets.
Gee is making his second major league start for the Mets. His first start was pretty impresive, a no-hitter until the sixth inning. Gee pitched seven innings giving up two hits on one run, (a home run by Willie Harris) walked three and struck out four. Dillon also picked up a hit during his first at-bat, a RBI single.
On Wednesday afternoon before the game against the Braves, Penguins Sidney Crosby took batting pratice at PNC Park. He was joined with other memembers of the Penguins team as well. Crosby, shown in this video here, even blasted a few home runs.
Hey Crosby, if your looking for second job?..
- Before the game on Wednesday against the Braves, the Pirates presented Bobby Cox with a check for $5,000 toward his charity of choice (the Homeless Pets Foundation). It was the last time Cox would be a manager for the Atlanta Braves at PNC park. He ended his career 57-56 against the Pirates.
- Brandon Moss is excited to be getting an oppurtunity to play with the Pirates again saying: “I didn’t think I was going to have this opportunity and had pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I was going home. For some reason this season, the way I was playing in Triple-A, made me really see that I belong here and that I can be a really good major league baseball player. To have the opportunity to be here, when you didn’t think you were going to have it, it just feels great.”
- According to Elias Sports Bureau, Tuesday night was only the third time in the last 30 seasons that a team that was at least 40 games under .500 shut out a team that was at least 20 games over .500. The Tampa Bay Rays did it against the New York Yankees in 2001, and the Pirates did it against the New York Mets in 1985. (-Trib Live)
- Neil Walker extended his hitting streak to 15 games, the longest by a Pirates rookie since Rennie Stennett’s 18-game streak in 1971.
And for the first time this season i made it in the top 50.
First of all, I wanted to thank everyone who reads my blog. It really means a lot. I enjoy doing this and I hope you guys enjoy reading it.
And secondly, congrats to all the winners. I noticed a lot of the blogs are women which is really awesome.
And lastly, thanks to Mark who runs the mlblogs. My photo was part of the panel showing the winners. (Top left, next to Pirates MLB.com Reporter, Jenifer Langosch)
If someone would have bet me a million dollars that the Pirates would beat Johan Santana by two solo-homeruns by Lastings Milledge and Jose Tabata, I would have shook on it.
Fortunatley for me, I didn’t. That is exactly how the Pirates beat the Mets in game three of the series, 2-1. Milledge who hit his fourth on the year and Tabata with his third, aren’t exactly known for being “power guys”. Although, Jose Tabata being just 22, will gain more power as he gets older.
Zach Duke and Johan Santana both pitched great games but it was Duke that outdueled Santana. Zach who hasn’t won a game in four starts and hadn’t yielded as little as one run in his previous 11 starts, pitched seven innings, giving up one run on five hits, struck out five and walked two.
Evan Meek came in the eighth inning, gave up no hits or runs but walked one. He picked up his 11th hold on the season.
Joel Hanrahan picked up his second save as a Bucco, pitching a scoreless inning, striking out one.
“It’s good to see a well-pitched game and actually win one,” manager John Russell said. “We played an all-around good game.”
“I really felt from the first inning on my location was good with all my pitches and I was able to mix them up,” Duke said. “The fact that I was able to bounce back after the run in the first inning really got the momentum in our favor.
“Then those two home runs were just huge for us,” he added. “Thankfully we were able to get the win that we needed.”
Tabata’s home run was especially meaningful. The game was to be televised in his home country, and Jose talked to his Mother before the game.
I told her everyone in Venezuela will be watching the game, and I want you to see the game because I’ll do something special for you, Mom,” Tabata recalled saying. “And thank God for the home run.”
Just minutes after the game ended, Tabata had received a phone call from his mother.
“She was so happy, like, ‘Wow, my son hit the home run,’” Tabata said. “She said, ‘You told me you’d do something — not the home run, but something — and thank you God, hit the home run.’
Santana pitched eight innings, gave up four hits, two runs, one walk and struck out nine. He is now 10-8 on the year.
Monday’s Pitching Matchup:
Kyle Lohse 1-5, 6.79 ERA
Ross Ohlendorf 1-10, 3.90 ERA
Lohse is coming back from a two-month DL stint. He was rocked for seven runs in three innings on six hits and two walks his last start against the Cubs.
Ohlendorf has a 2.35 ERA over his last 10 starts, though lack of run support he is just 1-4 during that span. He lasted a career-long eight innings in his last start against the Marlins.
Lou Piniella today stepped down as Cubs Manager to take care of his ill mother. As a fan of the game, I respect sweet Lou and wish him nothing best the best. His press conference was very emotional. If you missed it, you can watch the video here.
Piniella tips his cap to the fans as his last day as manager.
Happier news, Vin Scully has annouced he will be back for 2011 season, his 62nd year as the Dodgers annoucer. (He is by far, my favorite)
Vinny addressing the Media earlier today.
Last night did not end well for the Buccos as they lost their fifth straight game, the eigth time this season they have lost at least five straight.
I’m was one of those idiots you probally saw on T.V. sitting through two delays and five plus innings of rain. It wasn’t just sprinkling either. At times it was like a monsoon. I don’t mind sitting through the rain actually, on hot summer days, it usually feels pretty darn good.
“I thought the guys were into it, even with the rain,” said manager John Russell. “They were having fun with it. I would have liked to have seen what would have happened if we had finished it.”
Unfortunately, the Bucs didn’t get the oppurtunity to finish the game as it was called in the top of the sixth inning.
James McDonald pitched five innings giving up five runs on six hits, struck out five and walked four. J-Mac was really struggling with the weather and you could tell he was letting it get the best of him. In the fifth inning with two mets on base. McDonald threw a 1-1 fastball to David Wright who launched it over the center field wall for a three-run homerun, giving the Mets a 5-1 lead.
“That was a good pitch he hit, so I have to tip my hat to him,” McDonald said. “He took a good swing at a good pitch.”
“McDonald has got really good stuff, and I think he is very good and is only going to get better,” Wright said. “He’s got very good secondary pitches and has got enough on his fastball to throw it by you. As a hitter, against a guy like that, you really have to go up there and look for certain pitches, and I was fortunate and got lucky and got one I was looking for.”
The Pirates have not scored more than two runs in nine of their past 10 games.
“It’s not his best start obviously, but it’s a four-run game and we still have a chance to do something,” Russell said. “It did get away from him just a little bit. He didn’t have his best stuff tonight and he still managed to pitch pretty well, with the exception of the three-run homer.
News and Notes:
- Rudy Owens at Double-A Altoona last night: 5IP 6H 2R 0BB 6K
- Great Article by Pittsburgh-Post Gazette’s Dejan Kovacevic: “Pirates, Mexican ace faced long odds, long route” –PPG
- Triple-A Starter Brad Lincoln has been placed on the Minor League DL (retroactive to Aug. 20), due to neck stiffness but is expected to miss only one start. Chris Jakubauskas will fill in the open spot on the roster. Brad still seems like a likely september call-up.
- (Via @RobBiertempfel) Pirates might consider 6-man rotation if RHP Brad Lincoln is recalled in September.
- (Via @RobBiertempfel) Pirates players had a closed-door team meeting before tonite’s game against Mets. Bucs have lost 4 straight, 22 of past 28 games.
- The Pirates would need to go 23-16 the rest of the season to avoid the first 100-loss season.
Triple-A Catcher Jason Jaramillo and Pirates reliever Sean Gallagher both have committed to playing winter ball. GM Neal Hunington said recently that he hoped more of the Pirates organization’s players would take part.
“Winter ball, you usually look at guys who missed time — guys who are in the early stages of development who haven’t played a lot,” said manager John Russell. “We don’t have too many of those guys. We’re going to have a lot of guys who are going to have a lot of at-bats and innings.”
Expect most of this years participants to be from the minor-leagues.
Today’s Pitching Matchup:
Johan Santana 10-7, 2.97 ERA
Zach Duke 5-12, 5.33 ERA
Santana allowed four runs over eight innings in a 4-3 loss to the Astros on Tuesday night. In his last three starts however, Johan is 2-1 with an 1.48 ERA. Johan pitched a four hit complete game shutout against the Rockies on the 12th, striking out ten.
Duke lost his 12th game his last time out, in eight of those losses he has allowed four or more runs in one inning. Zach hasn’t picked up a W since July 21st against the Brewers.
*Check back later tonight. I got a really cool tour of the Pirates press box, FSN truck, Pirates dugout, and more. I have a lot of fun pictures to share with you guys.
Well folks, it’s official. After last night’s loss to the Mets 7-2, the Pirates clinched their 82nd loss of the season making it 18 consecutive losing seasons. The 2010 club reached the 82 losses quicker than any other team in the 18-year span.
“No one wants to lose this many games,” manager John Russell said. “It [stinks]. The bottom line is, it [stinks]. I hate to cuss, but nobody likes it, nobody wants it.”
“We have our bright spots, and then we have our days where we don’t look like we belong on the field sometimes,” starter Jeff Karstens said. “It’s part of the growing pains that are going to go on here, probably for the rest of this year. Hopefully, they won’t carry on past this year.”
“You always come into the season thinking positive,” Andrew McCutchen said. “At the same time, you have to leave the season positive. Just because our record isn’t there, we still have to go out there and play hard every day and continue to keep working. We’re not playing to lose, even though we’re losing. Things just haven’t been going our way lately.”
“It hurts. As a guy who wears the uniform proudly, it really does,” Banister said of the streak. “But I also look at it with a different set of eyes because of all the things I’ve been fortunate enough to see. The bigger picture of what we’re about to do. So, for me, no, I don’t like that record. And I know it hurts the fans, too. But there’s another number I think everyone should focus on, and that’s the number of years since our last world championship. Ending the streak someday will be nice, but nobody here should be playing for second place.”
“There’s no getting around how important it is. It’s always the elephant in the room,” Walker said. “It’s obviously frustrating. It’s been that way for a long time as a fan and growing up here, and it’s frustrating to be a part of it now. But we’re all working toward that common goal of playing winning baseball here, and I think we’re on the right track.”
The Pirates have a lot of work to do over the last 40 games of the season. If they can end the season on a bit of a high note and playing well together it could give them momentum and postivity for when they report to spring training in 2011.
“With the results right now, we have to really focus on the process,” Russell said. “We have to focus on how we can get our hitters better, how we can work to make our pitching better and continue to work on our defense. We have to really finish off making sure these guys have a good understanding of what they’re doing. The record is what it is. I’m not going to run from it. But we can’t focus on that right now. We need to focus on these guys getting better.”
*Photo Matt Freed/Post-Gazette
Can I just say, what an idiot? The Pirates may have the 18 losing seasons weighing over our heads but I would take the buccos organization and history over the Cubs anyday! How many World Series do the Cubbies have? and when was the last time they won? 1907 and 1908. That’s 102 years that you have been a failure! You haven’t even won a pennant in 65 years! If I were you, I wouldn’t be making fun on the Pirates.
Jeff Karstens took the mound against the Mets Mike Pelfrey. Unfortunately for Karstens, the most consistent starter the Bucs have had all season, was roughed up in the first inning and lasted a season-short 3 1/3 innings. He allowed seven runs on 11 hits, both a season high.
Karstens stats by innings:
Innings 1-5 6 +
Innings 85 13
ERA 3.18 12.46
HR 8 9
OPP AVG .271 .400
The Mets Pelfrey apparently was throwing up before the game and also did so a few times between innings. Despite being sick he pitched a pretty good game and I commend him for still going out there under the weather. He went eight innings, gave up two runs, one earned on six hits, struck out five.
He was really struggling with some type of stomach problem,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said of Pelfrey, who lasted eight innings. “I thought that was pretty courageous of him to go as far as he did.”
In the fourth inning, the Pirates had two men on second and third with two outs and John Russell made the decision to let Sean Gallagher hit. Now, I know there are two ways to look at the situation.
- John Russell explained why he didn’t use Jones or Young to bat there:
“Well, we’re in the fourth inning. We’ve got a lot of game to cover. … You feel like we’ve got five more chances, with the top of the order due up the next inning, to do something. Gallagher was able to give us much-needed innings. You’d like to get the runs, but you have to realize there’s still a lot of game left. You start taxing your bullpen and your bench early in a 7-2 game or whatever it was, and it’s not going to be a very good situation for us.”
The fans did not react well to this at all. Loud boo’s flooded the stadium.
2. Now, If I was JR, I would have used GFJ or DY there. Now I understand that you want to keep your long relief guy in so you don’t have to tax the bullpen. You have the rest of the Mets series and the Cardinals for three starting Monday. But, you also have Daniel McCutchen who can be used for multiple innings as well. And lets be honest. How many times during the span of the game do the Pirates get runners in scoring position? I would let somone PH and worry about the Pen later.
*By the way, only one more runner advanced into scoring postion the remainder of the game.
News and Notes:
- The Pirates achieved 82 losses faster then any other team in the 18 year span. The previous mark was on Aug. 27, 2001.
- The Bucs are on pace for 53-109, a .327 winning percentage that would be the worst since 1953.
- Jeff Karstens is the fourth Pirates starter this season to have at least 10 losses.
- The Pirates have scored two or fewer runs in eight of their last nine games.
- (Via @RobBiertempfel) Charlie Morton (elbow) threw bullpen session today @ AAA Indy. Pirates GM Huntington says he “fully expects Charlie to make his next start”
Luis Heredia will be going to Bradenton to observe and learn the program, director of player development Kyle Stark said.
“Luis will be getting indoctrinated into our program and American culture,” Stark said. ”He will not be pitching there.”
Heredia will stay there through the Florida Instructional League season in October, and “probably will pitch,” Stark said, ”and then we’ll make plans from there. We want him to get as much exposure to us, what we do, and American culture as possible.”
Jose Tabata ranks 2nd in the N.L. in hits since the All-Star break with 46. Hitting .338 (53-157) since July 4.
Former Pirates catcher Ronny Paulino was suspended 50 games for PED use.
A great read: “Pirates commitment to Winning is more evident than ever” -PGH Pine Tar
The Pirates agree with Colombian SS Dilson Herrera for $220K, the third-most expensive international signing this year.
Here are a few pictures from the Mets BP:
Manager Jerry Manuel and David Wright
Lastings Milledge was chatting with his former teamates, David Wright and Jose Reyes.
Today’s Pitching Matchup:
Jon Niese 7-5, 3.38 ERA
James McDonald 2-1, 2.55 ERA
Niese hasn’t gotten a win since July 27th. His last time out againt the Astros he pitched seven innings, giving up one run on seven hits and struck out five. Jon got the No-decision. Niese has a 1.29 ERA in his past three starts but no win to show for it.
J-Mac has been dominant in his two starts at PNC Park. In 17 1/3 innings there, McDonald is 2-0 with 20 strikeouts and three earned runs.
Before the game yesterday, I was invited to a Q&A session with John Russell, Pedro Alvarez and Neil Walker (Group one) and another that had Neil Huntington, Bob Nutting and Frank Coonley. I thought it started at 5:30, but apparently it started at five so I was late and had to sit in the back. I was a little bummed because it was hard to see and I couldn’t use my flip to record some of the questions.
My favorite part of the session was when a gentleman asked Pedro Alvarez “how it felt to hit the walk-off three-run home run in the 10th inning?” Pedro teared up then said: it was one of the greatest feelings he’s ever had in his life and that he felt like he was floating around the bases.
The reporter in me wanted to ask a few questions, but since I was stuck in the back I never got the oppurtunity to do so.
Jameson Taillon was at PNC Park yesterday. I didn’t get a chance to take a picture like I did with Allie on Wed since I was in the Press Room.
“I’m closing the chapter on my high school book and am ready to get going,” Taillon said on Thursday. “Since I was 5 or 6 years old, this has been a dream to me. The signing bonus and the signing is great, but my goal is to be back here at PNC Park in a few years and help this team.”
“I feel like I’m a pretty advanced pitcher, but I know there is a ton I can learn — pitch sequence, fastball command, all that,” Taillon said. “I’m ready to get out there and work on it. Hopefully I can be back here in three to four years. That’d be great.”
“When you get picked so high, there’s not really much else you can do,” Taillon said. “I think going back and getting a college degree is something I want to do eventually. But right now, I’m taking my dream and running with it.”
- You can watch Taillon’s interview with Steve Blass and Tim Neverette in the booth here
- and Taillon’s press conference video here
News and Notes:
- Pirates with/without Neil Walker:
With Walker Without
GAMES 67 53
RUNS/GAME 3.6 3.2
BATTING AVG .247 .232
AVG W/ RISP .269 .224
OBP .302 .304
SLG% .376 .346
- The Pirates skipped Charlie Morton’s start Thursday for Triple-A Indianapolis.
Morton has what general manager Neal Huntington described as “very, very minor” discomfort in his right elbow. The Pirates don’t believe that this is the sign of anything serious but wanted to give Morton a few extra days to rest.
Jenifer Langosh chatted with scouting director, Greg Smith:
On overall Draft: “It’s hard to say [if it's the best of the three in Pittsburgh], but it was definitely youth driven. We were also able to get some nice position players up top like Mel Rojas (third round) and Matt Curry (16th round). We think it was a nice balance. It was obviously driven by the youth and the pitching, but there are also some position players we feel really good about.
“As we continue to grow as a scouting staff, I challenge our guys that no matter how good we think Pedro [Alvarez] and that ’08 class is, or the ’09 class, or this class, we want to continue to raise the bar so that [director of player development] Kyle [Stark] and his staff keep getting more and more confidence that we’re bringing in better players each year.”
On bringing so much young talent into the organization: “One thing that I expressed to Stetson and his family at lunch is that without our confidence in Kyle and his [development] group, we can’t Draft like this. We can’t give him a slew of high school pitchers without the trust in the program that they’re going to maximize the return.
“It’s fun for both sides. Obviously, our instructors like working with good players and our scouts like signing good players. It’s a happy relationship.”
On the financial resources (approx. $12 million was spent on this Draft class) made available by owner Bob Nutting: “The amount of support and resources for our scouting department has been tremendous. Understandably, what happens at the Major League level means a great deal to everyone, as it should. But we reap the initial benefits from where Bob and [president] Frank [Coonelly] are coming from. For three years now, we’ve been able to Draft and sign the players who we feel like are going to make us better. Now that doesn’t make everybody here feel the same way because that takes time.”
With the Pirates 4-2 loss to the Marlins last night, they are just one loss shy of the ignominy of the 18th consecutive losing season.
“It’s definitely frustrating,” first baseman Garrett Jones said of all the losing, three of four in this series, 10 of the past 11. “You’re just looking for something to go your way.”
“This is tough if you make it tough,” center fielder Andrew McCutchen said. “Thing is, you’ve got to be winning mentally, even if it’s not showing up on the board … and it didn’t again tonight. You have to get positive things in your head. It keeps you positive every time you come to the field. You go out there thinking like a winner.”
Paul Maholm pitched five strong innings then had a rough sixth. 10 Marlins came to the plate, four runs scored, including a three-run homerun by Gaby Sanchez.
“The other guy is putting up zeros. You have to put up zeros,” Maholm said. “That’s how it is right now. Would you love for the offense to bust out and put up eight? Sure. But it’s not happening right now, and unfortunately, I needed to make some pitches, and I didn’t do it.”
“He was throwing all his pitches for strikes. That made him effective,” Russell said. “He had his sinker working. He threw his slider for a strike and his changeup. He kept us off balance, and we didn’t ever really figure him out.”
Maholm was pulled after 5.2 innings pitched, eight hits, four runs, two walks and two strikeouts.
The most frustrating part to me was the fact that the Pirates were not facing Josh Johnson, like the day before. I understand that the Bucs would have a rough time against an ace like him. The Pirates faced an “emergency starter”. Alex Sanabia replaced an injured Sean West. Sanabia has been in AA most of the 2010 season and he barley worked up a sweat pitching against the Buccos throwing just 85 pitches through 7.2 innings. He gave up one run on four hits and struck out five. It was only his fifth career start.
Maholm’s career numbers when pitching six innings: 44-30, 3.11 ERA
Paul’s career numbers when failing to reach six innings: 1-26, 9.76 ERA
Luis Heredia was also at PNC Park last night.
“Luis has a very natural feel to pitching with above-average movement on his ball,” director of international scouting Rene Gayo said. “It’s very rare to see a young man with this type of character, athletic ability and pitching potential.”
Heredia will be sent to the Florida Instructional League this fall and then to an instructional league in the Dominican Republic.
Heredia will not be old enough to play in the minors until next summer. He will attend minor league spring training camp in 2011, then get more tutoring in extended spring training. When he’s old enough, Heredia could begin his pro career in rookie ball in Bradenton, Fla.
- According to the Post-Gazette who spoke with President Frank Coonely this morning, the Pirates payroll will have a “meaningful” increase for 2011.
“We have the capacity to add to payroll in a meaningful way,” Coonelly said in an interview with the Post-Gazette. “We’ll be evaluating the trade market and free agency and, if we see a player or players we like, we’ll be aggressive in pursuing that player.”
The Pirates current payroll is last in the majors at just $39 Million.
“We’re not going to be in the market for Cliff Lee,” the Texas Rangers’ ace with the $9 million salary expected to escalate. “When we bring in players at that level, they have to be the Jameson Taillon and Pedro Alvarez types through the draft.”
Today’s Pitching Matchup:
Mike Pelfrey 11-7, 3.95 ERA
Jeff Karstens 2-9, 4.57 ERA
Pelfrey is 1-2 with an 2.89 ERA in his last three starts. In his last start Mike pitched seven innings giving up three runs on seven hits but got the loss due to lack of run support.
Karstens gave up five runs on seven hits through 5.2 innings against the Astros in his last start. Jeff is winless since June 19th. However, Karstens continues to be the least run supported pitcher in the Pirates roation.
I’m sure by now, everyone has heard about what a big idiot Rob Dibble (Washington Nationals’ Analyst) is. If you didn’t hear about what he said about “Female Fans” here is exactly what he said on-air during the Nationals vs Marlins game on August 12th.
Those ladies right behind there, they haven’t stopped talking the whole game,” Rob Dibble said in the sixth inning of Wednesday night’s Nats broadcast. “They have some conversation going on. Right here,” he said, circling the offenders. “There must be a sale tomorrow going on here or something….Their husbands are going man, don’t bring your wife next time.”
“All right Bob, now they’re back there, they’re eating ice cream and talking at the same time,” Dibble noted in the top of the eighth.
“I just got an e-mail that said there’s a lot of women who come to the games — while their husbands are the ones at home — because they love this game,” Carpenter noted, briefly touching base with the 21st century. “Tread carefully, Mr. Dibble.”
“My wife loves to come to the game, but they’re right there, still talking,” Dibble countered.
This. Makes. Me. So. Angry!
After outrage from female fans and females that work in the business, Dibble did “apologize” saying this:
My mother was and continues to be my biggest fan. She has been there since I was eight years old playing Little League in Southington, Connecticut, shouting encouragement from the stands.
I’ll never forget 20 years ago during the NCLS; I thought I was on the top of my game, having played in my first All-Star game earlier that summer. But my mom said to me, “Rob you’ve got a good arsenal, but you still need a strikeout pitch.”
Mom was right, of course, and she remains as insightful a student of the game as I have ever known.
Likewise, my wife not only comes to every Nats game, but also scores every pitch, and genuinely feels it when her team makes an error or loses the game.
My 21-year-old daughter, who against my wishes, wears her Coco Crisp Red Sox Jersey to Yankee Stadium, does it to show pride and respect for her team.
That’s the great thing about baseball. No matter who you are or where you’re from, you can – and should – have a passion for the game and for the celebration of the game by its legions of fans in the stands. Those are the values I learned in Southington, and they are part of who I am today.
The game of baseball transcends race, sex, ethnicity, and economic status. Everyone can be a fan of this game and that’s why it remains our national pastime.
As a former player and a current broadcaster, I love baseball. Encouraging new fans and building upon our audience is essential to the future of the game. That’s why I host a national baseball radio show five days a week.
And it’s why I volunteer my time at various clinics and seminars throughout the year, to help bring baseball into the lives of new fans.
The other night I made an off-handed comment, the meaning of which may have been misconstrued beyond what was said. If any fan of this great game took offense, then he or she should know that this was neither my intention nor my history in the game.
I have had the privilege of knowing a great many fans of all backgrounds who are students of the game. Many of baseball’s most insightful fans, television viewers, and callers to my radio show are women.
And just like my mom in 1990, they know what they’re talking about.
I can’t help but bring this issue up and put my two sense in. Guys just don’t understand the issue woman have in the sports world. I have been a sports gal my whole entire life. Growing up I played softball and soccer year round. I also tried other sports but failed. (Gymnastics, Tennis, Track, Volleyball, etc.)
More importantly, I have LOVED watching Baseball, (my passion) football, hockey, soccer, tennis, golf. You name it, I watch it. Nothing compares to my love and passion for the game of baseball though. The most frustrating thing is that Rob Dibble said what most guys think. I know there are some guys out there that respect women in the industry. But sadly, a lot don’t.
I have a season ticket to the Pirates. I have only missed a handfull of games this season. I go early and watch both teams take batting pratice and warm-up. Out of 162 games, I’m at 150 of them. (That’s not even including road trips to other stadiums) I go to the game by myself. Most of my friends don’t really love baseball the way I do and to be honest I hate more than anything sitting next to someone who is talking and playing on their phone and not paying attention to the game. If I didn’t love this game, why on earth would I spend and arm and a leg for my seat? Why would I make it to at least 150 games a year? Why would I go to games alone if I didn’t understand the game of baseball?
It never fails, every game I get asked at least once what player I’m dating. Okay, maybe I get it a little. I sit a few rows behind the Pirates dugout, I’m alone, I’m a girl. And don’t get me wrong, it’s a compliment to be considered a ”baseball wife” but I’m not! Nor would I ever be! (No offense to the players.) Why can’t I just be a baseball fan, watching the game I love? I’m assumed to be either a wife/girlfriend or a Pro-Ho. (which I would never be either)
Normally, it’s men that ask the question. Then its followed by a few quiz style questions. ”Oh Yeah? Well, then who is the best hitter on the Padres? or, how long has Pedro been a Pirate? or, Who’s pitching against the Pirates tonight?” These are just a few of the questions I have to answer every single game. (Which I do, correctly. Then they feel like an idiot and I walk away.)
Then there are woman at games, that can be just as rude. (Aren’t we suppose to support each other?) Just because I’m an attractive girl doesn’t mean i’m going after your ballplayer or that I go to games just to try to snag one up. I know there are girls out there like that. Call me crazy but I want more out of my life than that.
To the women who are girlfriends, or wives. I hope to not have offended you. Some of the players are really great guys. Some of the ones I have gotten the oppurtunity to talk to and meet were really cool. And yes, I will admit that some of the players are very handsome and look very good in their uniform. But I’m not that kind of gal and I don’t want that kind of life. Some of the wives do great things with charity events and I have nothing but respect for that.
I just get so frustrated because I want to work in the industry. I want to be a part of this great, great game that I love. I hope that one day women like myself won’t be quizzed or assumed to be a girlfriend or a pro-ho.
Metsgrrl sums it up perfectly:
I wonder if Rob Dibble knows how many times women get looked at funny for keeping score. I wonder if Rob Dibble wonders how hard it is for female fans to have to continually defend their love of baseball as being about the game, and not about cute guys in tight uniforms. I wonder if Rob Dibble thought about what any teenage girls who were watching the game… and heard that. He just gave fuel to the fire of every sexist clod out there who thinks that women are dumb and can’t understand baseball and can’t possibly be at the game because they want to be. No one ever looks at a man and thinks “he must be here with his girlfriend”. It is hard enough to have a conversation with a guy at a game who assumes you are there because you are with a guy.
Here are some more comments:
Did you hear that, guys? Don’t bring your wife to baseball games! She might talk through the whole thing, which she probably doesn’t understand anyway, and like, spend all your money and stuff!
Thanks for the warning, Rob. It’s a good thing all the MALE corporate jerkoffs I see at Wrigley yakking on their Blackberries talk about nothing but OBP and the minor league draft, right? Hey, it’s a good thing they don’t let women work outside the home or drive cars or anything-imagine how much they’d have to talk about then.
Ultimately, though, I couldn’t ignore it. The fact is that this is my life. I am a woman who is a baseball fan. No, wait. I’m more than that. I am a woman who is a baseball writer. I’m a woman who is a baseball writer who runs the best and most successful Orioles blog on the internet. I am recognized by both local and out-of-town sports media as a knowledgeable source on the Baltimore Orioles.I am a woman who, if seated behind home plate at a Nationals game, would get circled by Rob Dibble and called out for gossiping about an upcoming sale while the men were trying to watch baseball.