Thursday, July 30, 2009

I hate the Pirates!

It would be better to say I hate The Nutting Family that owns the Pirates. These people also own just about every newspaper in the Tristate area.

The reason I am so mad is that they keep GIVING away players. They have been making trades sending our best players packing, and receiving prospects in return. If they were building a team out of these prospects it would be different but this has been going on for several years now. A tidbit I found out just the other day that I find even more troubling is the business aspect of this, I am not 100% clear on how this works but if a team trades away a big name player, for unknown "prospects" the team receiving the big name player pays the team they acquired the player from his salary back for the year. Basically they are getting paid, and paid well to get rid of their better players.

Nate Mclouth

Batting Average .259
RBI's 52
Home Runs 15
Stolen Bases 15

Nate is now an Atlanta Brave

Adam LaRoche
AVG .251
Home Runs 13
RBI's 43
Stolen Bases 2

Adam is now playing for the Boston Red Sox.

Jason Bay

Batting Avg. .254
Home Runs 20
RBI's 74
Stolen Bases 11

Jason Bay is now Playing for the Boston Red Sox, and signed a very nice multi-year deal.

Jack Wilson
Avg .267
Home Runs 4
RBI's 30
Stolen Bases 2

Not the most impressive numbers, but he is a top notch Shortstop, also a big in the community.

Jack Wilson is now a Seattle Mariner

Nyjer Morgan
AVG .304
Home Runs 3
RBI's 34
Stolen Bases 31

Nyjer is now a Washington National.

In a deal that was done today, With Seattle. The Pirates shipped out Jack Wilson and an unproductive pitcher Ian Snell. In return we received;

Ronny Cedeno
AVG .167
Home Runs 5
RBI 17
Stolen Bases 3

And 3 more Minor League Prospect pitchers.

When Nate Mclouth was given away, we received,

Andrew McCutchen, a very strong outfielder with poor offensive numbers

AVG .281
Home Runs 3
RBI's 25
Stolen Bases 9

I missed the 11PM news, and while I was researching for this piece, I found out the Freddy Sanchez has been Traded as well. Lets see what we got for Freddy, who was the National League Batting Champ 2 years ago. Holy Crap, I am so surprised Tim Alderson does not have any Major League Stats, because he is another stinking prospect.

Now one last thing to bring to your attention. All the offensive stat leaders for Pittsburgh for the year have all been traded. Now that right there is how you provide the hometown with over a decade and a half of sub 500 baseball.

Who needs a winning season, We have Prospects!

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