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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bucs Dugout: Manel: Pirates getting creative with defensive shifts

Both Rollins and Barmes were surprised to hear that BABIP on grounders was up, but they also said that ground ball data wasn’t the whole story when it comes to the utility of shifting.

Rollins shook his head, “Hmm, yeah, you’d expect the [ground ball] numbers to be down.” After taking a moment to consider how to explain what was going on, he asked, “What about line drives?” I didn’t have an answer because I hadn’t thought about what suddenly appeared obvious. “I’ve seen so many line drives right past the first baseman and that third or second baseman is sitting there in that hole, and you’re saying, ‘It’s not fair.’

“From what I see, looking at line drives may be the place to look [for the effectiveness of the shift]. I mean, we see it with Ryan [Howard], [Domonic] Brown a little bit, and balls that come off that bat, he’s like, ‘Yes!’ and the guy’s sitting there,” Rollins continued, jokingly adding, “And that should be illegal, it’s stacking the field.”

bobm Posted: July 23, 2014 at 03:15 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: clint barmes, clint hurdle, jimmy rollins, phillies, pirates, shift

Friday, July 18, 2014

Dave Cameron: 2014 Trade Value: The Top 10

7. Salvador Perez

If there’s one piece of feedback I got more clearly than any other last year, it was that I was too low on Salvador Perez. I had one friend in the game tell me should have been in the top five, and I had him at 36. My bad, Kansas City. Consider this a mea culpa.

Perez might not yet be the best catcher in baseball, but there are a lot of people convinced that he’s going to be in the near future. He’s basically a power spike away from being Jonathan Lucroy, only he’s four years younger than Milwaukee’s backstop, and at a point where many catchers are still honing their craft in the minors. And while framing metrics don’t love him the same way they do Lucroy, his defensive reputation is still stellar, as he shuts down the running game as well as anyone.

And then there’s the contract. Because the Royals locked up Perez after just 39 big league games, he’s set to make $2 million each of the next two years, and then they have team options for three additional years at $4 million, $5 million, and $6 million respectively. It’s $19 million over five seasons, or an average of $4 million per year. The best catcher in the American league is signed to the kind of deal you give a decent middle reliever.

Perez doesn’t even have to get any better to be one of the biggest steals in baseball. If he does improve, though, he might eventually challenge for the top spot on this list.

BUT WHO IS #6????


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Cardinals execute bizarre 5-8 forceout at second base

The ole dropped-bunt-throw-to-center-fielder-covering-second-base. All those drills in practice have finally paid off.

5-8 on a hop is strange.  Really though, something like this should be infield fly rule.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: July 12, 2014 at 05:09 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, pirates, weird

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Oz: Thumb injuries to Yadier Molina, Brandon Phillips shake up NL Central

I hereby confer upon you the honorary degree of ThD. That’s Doctor of Thumbology.

The news wasn’t good for the St. Louis Cardinals and their cornerstone catcher Yadier Molina. Molina has a torn ligament in his thumb and will miss 8-12 weeks after surgery, according to Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak.

Nor was it good for the division rival Cincinnati Reds, who confirmed Thursday that their star second baseman Brandon Phillips also needs thumb surgery to repair a ligament. The Reds say he’ll miss six weeks…

Both injuries figure to shake up the NL Central, where the Cards and Reds had both been making a charge at the first-place Milwaukee Brewers. Heading into Thursday’s action, the Brewers were up two games on the Cardinals and two and a half on the Reds…

Unless the Cardinals make a move — A.J. Pierzynski and his smartphone are available — Tony Cruz figures to takeover the everyday catching duties. He’s played in 21 games this season and is hitting .255 in 51 at-bats. He’s been with the Cardinals since 2011 but has never played more than 51 games in a season.

The Reds have utilityman Skip Schumaker listed as their No. 2 second baseman, but back-up shortstop Ramon Santiago played there Thursday against the Cubs….

With the Cardinals and Reds hurting, the Brewers have to feel better about their chances of holding on to their division lead. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Pirates, four and a half back and in fourth place, have to sense a great opportunity in front of them.

The District Attorney Posted: July 10, 2014 at 08:17 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, injuries, pirates, reds

Thursday, July 03, 2014

It’s a small world: Traded players meet at airport

Two relievers walk into a bathroom…


Thursday, June 19, 2014


MLB’s New Home-Plate Rule Had Its Lowest Moment

The bases were loaded—this was a force play. Bucs catcher Russell Martin received the throw, tapped home plate with his his foot, then got out of the way of the sliding Devin Mesoraco. Mesoraco was ruled out; Bryan Pryce argued, and after a lengthy chat with the replay office in New York, umpires overturned the call.

Natty Fan Posted: June 19, 2014 at 01:40 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: catcher collisions, pirates, reds, rules

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Gregory Polanco Scouting Report (2014)

Polanco is up.

Edit: Link fixed. Sorry.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2014 at 06:04 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Grantland: Keri: Did the Pittsburgh Pirates Penny-Pinch Their Way Back Into Irrelevance?

Though it’s still (relatively) early, the Pirates don’t seem to be headed in that direction. Even after winning three in a row, the Bucs remain two games under .500 and 6½ games behind the first-place Brewers, and they have the fourth-worst run differential in the National League. For that, they can thank some lousy evaluation of both the free-agent market and their own talent, specifically in the starting rotation. They can lament a couple of unlucky breaks. And, after two decades of holstering their wallets, they can blame their failure to progress on their unwillingness to spend.

bobm Posted: June 04, 2014 at 11:27 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Pirates Trade Bryan Morris To Marlins « CBS Pittsburgh

Teams can trade draft picks?

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced they have traded relief pitcher Bryan Morris to the Miami Marlins Sunday morning.
According to the team, the Pirates sent Morris to the Marlins for the 39th overall selection (competitive balance A) in this year’s First-Year Player Draft.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2014 at 12:58 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, pirates

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Connolly: As Buck Showalter’s right-hand man, John Russell helps Orioles in many ways

Russell’s paradox: O’s/P’s

On Tuesday night, Russell returns to PNC Park as the Orioles begin a two-game interleague series in Pittsburgh. It’s his second time back since being fired, but the first since the Pirates, indeed, turned things around, making the 2013 playoffs and breaking a 20-season losing skid.

“I can’t treat it, job-wise, any differently. I can’t go in there and sulk and mope around [and say], ‘Shoot, I wish I was still here and look what they’ve done. I wish they had done that when I was here,’ ” Russell said. “It’s all water under the bridge. I will go in there and do my job and help the Orioles try to kick their butt a little bit.”

Russell may choose his words carefully, but he speaks his mind when asked direct questions. It’s one of the reasons he and Showalter have become close, even though they really didn’t know each other personally when Russell first was hired.

So when asked about his feelings concerning the Pirates’ situation, Russell, who was hired and fired by current Pittsburgh general manager Neil Huntington, doesn’t sugarcoat things.

“It hurt. It did. Because I felt like I gave everything I had for three years,” Russell said. “It is something I took a lot of pride in, and to get it taken away was something that hurt a little bit. But it’s four years later, and it’s time to move on.”

...Said Showalter: “Are you looking for substance or style? I think John’s substance is his style. … I think he is very charismatic, but I look for different qualities that are attractive to me as opposed to someone who is doing handstands and saying, ‘Look at me.’ “

Russell has heard it all before. As the losses mounted in Pittsburgh, he was criticized for his stoic nature. While he was winning games in the minor leagues and named Baseball America’s top managerial prospect in 2002, though, there were no concerns about his personality.

“If we had won 90 games … or whatever [in Pittsburgh], then I would have been a calming effect, I would have been what the players needed,” Russell said. “I know I’m not a real talkative guy, but if people ask me questions, I have no problem talking to anybody. But to say, ‘He is stoic or has no personality or no charisma,’ what is that?

“If you win games, nobody really gives a crap what your personality is, as long as you’re doing the right thing.”

Repoz Posted: May 20, 2014 at 09:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, pirates

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Doyel: How was Gerrit Cole not suspended? He basically started the brawl

Doy-El…still trying to convince his colleagues that doom awaits!

Let me get this straight. Baseball has suspended four people because of the brawl on Sunday between the Brewers and Pirates—but didn’t suspend the guy who started the damn thing?

That would be Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole, and don’t look at me like that. If you’re here to argue with me, I know both your issues already: One, you say Gerrit Cole never threw a punch, never fought with anyone, therefore he can’t be suspended for his role in a brawl. Two, you say Gerrit Cole didn’t start this thing anyway; Carlos Gomez started it by pimping his home run triple.

If you’re saying either (or both) of those things, then you have a third issue:

You’re wrong.

Here’s why: Cole started that fight just as surely as the slowest driver on the Interstate started the 12-car pileup behind him. That guy scooting along at 52 miles an hour avoided the crash, doesn’t even know it happened, but it’s his fault. He’s the one screwing up, causing a chain reaction that resulted in 12 cars piling up while he goes about his business, blissfully unaware of his role in the whole thing.

That’s Cole, minus the unaware part. He knows he started this fight. And if you don’t know that, you’re either (A) a Pirates fan, which is understandable because we support our own and I support that, or (B) you’re so mad at Gomez for Disrespecting The Game that you failed to see what Cole did to turn a run-of-the-mill baseball code violation into a five-alarm fire.

...Cole just made a small event a monster one, because Major League players don’t like being cursed at by an opponent on the field. Do they like being shown up by a batter? No, they don’t like that either. Gomez played his role in this fight by doing that, but Gerrit Cole absolutely escalated things by cursing out Gomez.

After that, the fight was on. Gomez barked back, the benches emptied, and testosterone took over. Gomez himself went ballistic, and that’s on him. He’s not an innocent bystander in this, not some poor guy who doesn’t deserve the three-game ban he got. He deserves every inning of his suspension, and should probably get another game or two tacked on for having the audacity to appeal it.

But Cole deserves a suspension, too. This fight doesn’t happen without him. There are no winners in what happened Sunday at PNC Park, only losers.

But Gerrit Cole didn’t lose, somehow. Baseball let him slink off down the road, laughing in his rear-view mirror at the carnage he helped cause.

Repoz Posted: April 23, 2014 at 04:21 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, pirates

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Two Brewers, two Pirates suspended for fracas | MLB.com: News

“Maldonado gets five games, Gomez three, Snider two, Martin one for Sunday’s fight.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2014 at 03:32 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, pirates, suspensions

Friday, April 18, 2014

Pirates Acquire Ike Davis From Mets

I had to make sure Zack Thornton wasn’t Zach Stewart, but does it matter?

A long-awaited deal has finally been struck, as the Mets officially dealt first baseman Ike Davis to the Pirates in exchange for minor league righty Zack Thornton and a player to be named later…

For New York, the departure of Davis means that the club will move ahead with Lucas Duda as its regular first baseman, a role that he had taken on early in 2014. It also marks the end to an ultimately disappointing tenure in New York for the 27-year-old, left-handed hitting slugger.

Meanwhile, the Pirates will take on the $3.14MM left on Davis’s 2014 salary, and will control his rights via arbitration through 2016. Davis will presumably work in some form of platoon with the right-handed hitting Gaby Sanchez…

Thornton is a 25-year-old reliever who was working in Triple-A this season after reaching that level late last year for the first time.

The District Attorney Posted: April 18, 2014 at 07:55 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: ike davis, mets, pirates, transactions, zack thornton

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Daniel Bryan’s ‘YES!’ chant has spread to the Pirates’ dugout

I once started an “Unpredictable! Unpredictable! Unpredictable!” Johnny Rodz chant after Clay Bellinger’s first career HR. Just never caught on.

The Pirates and Reds grappled in an absolute homerfest Monday in Cincinnati, launching an absurdly entertaining 10 long balls before rain halted the game after six innings. A half-dozen of those long balls came courtesy of Pittsburgh batters, leading the Bucs to adopt a new team celebration.

After years of the Dude, Where’s My Car-inspired Zoltan, the Pirates unveiled their homage to Daniel Bryan’s “YES! YES! YES!” chant following Neil Walker’s second home run of the evening.

 

Repoz Posted: April 16, 2014 at 12:48 PM | 316 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Monday, April 07, 2014

Perrotto: Taillon to undergo Tommy John surgery

One of the ball-of-fire Pirate announcers said that…“30% of pitchers today get Tommy John surgery and in the future all pitchers will have it done.”

Jameson Taillon won’t be joining the Pirates as a midseason reinforcement to their starting rotation.

In fact, the organization’s top pitching prospect won’t even be in the Pirates’ rotation at the start of next season.

The 22-year-old right-hander will undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery that will force him to miss the entire season and possibly up to 18 months. The Pirates had planned to have Taillon begin the season at Class AAA Indianapolis with an eye on promoting him at some point during the summer.

Dr. David Altcheck will perform the surgery at a date to be determined at the New York Hospital for Special Surgery. Taillon was examined by three different orthopedic surgeons and all recommended surgery because of a partial tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.

Taillon, 22, began feeling pain in his elbow with two weeks remaining in spring training after being assigned by the Pirates to their minor league camp. Doctors prescribed two weeks of rest but Taillon again felt pain when he tried to throw again.

While Taillon does not have a fully torn ligament, Altchek felt it was compromised to the point where surgery was necessary.

“This was more of an acute injury and that’s where the ligament’s been compromised,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. “Probably felt it more on one pitch than anything else but it wasn’t like a clear rupture of the ligament where it’s a no-brainer to have Tommy John. The ligament was compromised.

“The course of action was a conservative, aggressive rehab treatment. But his symptoms just didn’t get better. He and we felt that it was best to go ahead and have the surgery now.”

Repoz Posted: April 07, 2014 at 04:49 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Pirates notebook: No word yet on Taillon’s elbow exam | TribLIVE

Is there something in the water?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2014 at 01:58 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: elbow, injuries, pirates

Friday, March 28, 2014

WSJ: Deee-fense: Baseball’s Big Shift Playing the field suddenly is becoming a sophisticated science

Baseball’s approach to defense, long unchanged except for the gloves getting bigger, is undergoing the most radical change in strategy since the Reconstruction Era. Defensive shifting, which started as a trend several years ago, is becoming epidemic. Major League teams “shifted” 8,134 times last season, compared with just 2,357 in 2011. [...]

Last season, the Pirates “shifted,” meaning they had three infielders on one side of second base or in significantly nontraditional positions, 494 times, compared with 105 in 2012. [...]

The Pirates defense “saved” 77 runs in all, or 77 runs better than an average defense, third-most in Major League Baseball.The Pirates also finished above .500 and made the playoffs for the first time since 1992. The Boston Red Sox shifted 478 times in 2013, compared with 199 in 2012. Those shifts saved the Red Sox 15 runs during the course of the season, second-most in baseball. They won the World Series. (The Rays were first in runs saved by shifts.) [...]

Still, not everyone is on board. The St. Louis Cardinals, the game’s model franchise of late, shifted infielders just 107 times last season, about 50% more than 2012, but nothing on the scale of the Orioles (595 shifts), Rays (556 shifts) or Brewers (538 shifts).

 

bobm Posted: March 28, 2014 at 09:20 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, orioles, pirates, rays, red sox, shift

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Tech-savvy Pirates testing a new secret weapon this spring | TribLIVE

Or how much can Russell Martin eat?

This spring the Pirates are experimenting with sports science technology. Prior to and during games this exhibition season, some Pirates are wearing Zephyr workload monitoring devices. Under select players’ jerseys is a tight-fitting, compression shirt, which has a black, circular, detachable electronic device — about the size of a quarter — attached near the center of the chest. The device collects data from a sensor that records players’ heartbeats and energy consumption. The device’s most noticeable features are blinking green and red lights.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 20, 2014 at 07:33 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Russell Martin: Replacing me with McCann was ‘expensive mistake’

Russell’s paradox…a new angle.

“It becomes an expensive mistake, no question,” Martin told The Post before the Pirates-Yankees game at McKechnie Field was canceled by rain on Monday. “They can’t turn back the clock. They went and got a good guy who, offensively, puts up better numbers than I have and so costs a lot of money. I love McCann. They got a good one.”

McCann’s numbers slipped last year, but the Yankees are confident his left-handed swing will fit perfectly at Yankee Stadium. The 30-year-old catcher had an OPS of .796 with Atlanta a year ago, while Martin finished at .703.

And while Martin, 31, says he doesn’t dwell on his departure from the Yankees, he can’t help but think of what might have been.

“Personally, I thought it was a mistake,” Martin said. “There are no hard feelings. I definitely didn’t feel like it was in the general manager’s hands at that point. I always believed [Brian] Cashman and [assistant GM Billy] Eppler and the coaching staff did want me back. I had some presence and a good impact on the team. But the money doesn’t come from them and I felt at the time, they had different priorities and I wasn’t at the top of the list.”

Any hope the Yankees had of reaching ownership’s goal of $189 million was foiled by the failure of any of the organization’s young talent to perform at the major league level. That forced them to go after costly free agents to replenish their lineup and pitching staff this past offseason — additions Martin applauded.

“I think the smart move is not to repeat a mistake,” Martin said. “I think they paid the price for not acquiring an everyday catcher — or keeping one — and they went and got a good one this year.”

Repoz Posted: March 18, 2014 at 06:35 AM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, yankees

Monday, March 17, 2014

Nieman Storyboard: Annotation Tuesday! Roger Angell and the pitcher with a major-league case of the yips

After almost 40 years, Roger Angell looks back on the making of one of his classic essays.

After giving up a home run to the Reds’ second batter of the day, Joe Morgan, which was hit off a first-pitch fastball, Blass readjusted his plans and went mostly to a big, slow curve, causing the Reds to hit innumerable rainmaking outfield flies, and won 5-1. I can still recall how Blass looked that afternoon–his characteristic, feet-together stance at the outermost, first-base edge of the pitching rubber, and then the pitch, delivered with a swastika-like scattering of arms and legs and a final lurch to the left–and I also remember how I kept thinking that at any moment the sluggers of the Big Red Machine would stop overstriding and overswinging against such unintimidating deliveries and drive Blass to cover.

Just read it.

AndrewJ Posted: March 17, 2014 at 07:45 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: long reads, pirates, roger angell, writing worth reading

Kovacevic: This has to be Year of the Bat

Just don’t expect Stewart’s Year of the Cat-cher (0-13 this spring)

Barring more bruises and welts, then, the best way – maybe the only way – for these Pirates to achieve their goal of exceeding last season’s performance is for this to be the Year of the Bat.

I’m not sure that’s possible, but I am sure of this: Each individual still has room between his head and his personal ceiling.

As Clint Barmes put it, “And I don’t think there’s a guy in here, even Cutch, who can’t improve.”

Go right through the order: Marte’s .343 OBP would move into a more acceptable leadoff range with a better eye than he showed in walking only 25 times in 510 at-bats. Russell Martin had a terrific eye but not enough solid contact with a .226 average. Andrew McCutchen was MVP, of course, but even he “didn’t have his career year just yet,” Clint Hurdle correctly observed. Pedro Alvarez’s 36 home runs drowned out his 186 strikeouts, but a drop in the latter would be welcome. Walker had a down year overall, in large part because he forgot how to hit right-handed. The right-field platoon of Jose Tabata/Travis Snider and first-base platoon of Gaby Sanchez/Andrew Lambo can do better. There’s more to be had from Jordy Mercer way down at No. 8, too.

“Oh, for sure,” Mercer said. He batted .285 with eight home runs in 333 at-bats but walked only 22 times. “I’m definitely looking to get on base more.”

Repoz Posted: March 17, 2014 at 04:50 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Art of Pitching: Mastering the Sinkerball

My original idea for this story was a simple article discussing how Cumpton was getting advice from Morton and was working on improving his sinker. Add in some numbers from Cumpton last year, and it would be an easy story that I could file away as I tried to get ahead during the early weeks of Spring Training. But after talking with both players, I quickly realized that there was so much I didn’t know about the sinker, and about what players discuss when they’re talking to each other about grips. After over a dozen interviews with nine players and coaches over the last month, I realized how complex something as simple as a sinkerball pitch could be.

Really good technical article about the sinker from Pirates Prospects.


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Castrovince: Bucs live by defensive analysis

More to the point, the 2013 season, at large, proved the merits of moving guys around. No Major League team, according to Baseball Info Solutions, used defensive shifts more than the Pirates last season, and, ergo, the Buccos’ internal data suggests that they completed more plays “out of position” than anybody and were one of the most efficient defensive teams in the league.

This was the method by which the Pirates maximized the impact of their pitching staff and overcame an offense that, unlike any other postseason club, ranked in the lower-third in the Majors in runs per game.

“It’s a huge reason,” said Hurdle, “why we won the amount of games that we won without getting the kind of offensive support that teams that won the same number of games had.”

And the on-field shifts are an extension of an organizational shift that took place shortly after Huntington arrived in 2007. Huntington and Co. wanted to find both a statistical analyst and a computer architect to build a new system for player evaluation.

“We ended up finding them in the same guy,” Huntington said with a laugh.

That guy is Dan Fox, a former computer programmer and Baseball Prospectus writer who arrived in 2008 and, over time, has married the scientific and the strategic into a tangible whole.

When the word “rudimentary” was used to describe the Pirates’ analytics department before Fox came aboard, Fox laughed.

“If,” said Fox, “by ‘rudimentary,’ you mean ‘nobody,’ then yes.”

...Getting the Major League staff on board was a credit to Hurdle, who arrived in 2011 and was equally willing to embrace new ideas.

“It gave me an excellent opportunity to put into play what I share with the men all the time—to be open-minded, use your eyes, use your ears,” Hurdle said. “When we have the skill set of the people in the organization that we have, why not take your ego and kick it to the door? Listen to what they have to say, visually go over the information, the analytical work that’s been done, look for a statistical advantage and if it makes sense, put it into play and trust it.”

Thanks to FG.

Repoz Posted: February 22, 2014 at 10:15 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, sabermetrics

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Perrotto: Q&A with Clint Hurdle

Clint Hurdle just moved ahead of Jewel Winklemeyer Ens in my book.

Q. You played in the 1970s and 1980s and are more of an “old school” baseball person while the Pirates use advanced statistics and quantitative analysis to help in much of their decision making. How have you been able to adjust?

A: You break down the employees and I’m one of the older men in the building. Tradition can be wonderful, but it can also be a vision killer. I was kind of that guy.

As I explain it to my players just so they understand what I’m trying to become to help them, I played in an era where a hard groundball up the middle was a base hit nine out of 10 times. Now it might be a base hit two out of 10 times (because of defensive shifting). So if the information is there, it’s real, it plays out, you’re really not doing the best job you can to help your team win if you’re not paying attention to it.

We have some very gifted people on that third floor at PNC Park that do some remarkable work and tactically give us a very competitive edge as far as I’m concerned. I need to listen to them.”

Q: It was 36 years ago this month that you were on the cover of Sports Illustrated and labeled as “this year’s phenom” prior to your rookie season with the Kansas City Royals. What do you think when you see that cover?

“To get past just the initial shock at how young I looked and how long my hair was, I think it’s nice to take a step back. If you can take a step back and look at the picture and realize where you are now. It’s gap analysis. What was I thinking there? What am I thinking now? Where am I now? And look at the space and time that’s been covered.

I’ve been fortunate that I’ve had people in my life that have really helped me along that journey. It’s been a heck of a ride. I am the same guy in some respects, but I’m not even close to being the same guy in a lot of others. We all look to get better and improve.

From that standpoint, I probably get reminded of it more than most because I’m still asked to sign three or four of those covers about every week. They keep showing up. I don’t know if they keep making them or they just keep showing up.”

Repoz Posted: February 09, 2014 at 07:39 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, sabermetrics

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