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gluckschmerz
(20110)
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http://willcarroll.tumblr.com/

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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"I honestly believe that Adam Jones is a better baseball player than Willie Mays." Thus spoke Kevin Goldstein, Baseball Prospectus's National Writer on Scouting and Player Development tonight at a book signing event at DC's famed Politics and Prose Bookstore. -March 10, 2010

Sep 06, 2010 5:50 AM on A Difficult Task
 
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Will Carroll's Rndm Crap September 2, 2010 Seeking: I’m looking for a web designer, preferably with experience in mobile designs. Here’s the key - must be cheap/willing to partner and *must* understand what I do. Experience with iPhone apps would be a massive plus. Inquire within — and if you can’t find my email, seriously …

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Wisconsin has a great one in Spotted Cow. Yum! Kudos New Glarus Brewing.

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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"... I've been gone over a week". Inquiring minds are curious.

Aug 27, 2010 11:35 AM on Surgery for Strasburg
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Hi Will. Where have you been?

Aug 27, 2010 11:00 AM on Surgery for Strasburg
 
gluckschmerz
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+1

Aug 12, 2010 5:47 AM on Recapturing The Magic
 
gluckschmerz
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"Pirates ownership wouldn't have allowed Russell to fire two staff members if his own job status was questionable." Really?

Aug 12, 2010 5:44 AM on Recapturing The Magic
 
gluckschmerz
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+1

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Here's a thought, maybe Bonds brought some of this on himself: being a world class jerk, treating so many people so poorly (family, teammates, media etc.), taking illegal drugs and then you people write that you admire the guy? Just because he played baseball? Get over it already. Crocodile tears.

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Amen.

 
gluckschmerz
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The last season the Pirates played winning baseball: 1992 The last season Bonds played for the Pirates: 1992 The last 30 HR hitter produced by the Pirates system: Barry Bonds (1992: 34 HRs, 39 SBs, 127 BBs, 1.080 OPS) And Bonds was HATED in this town. Still is...

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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"The Pirates slid in right around the deadline with a shocker of a deal, sending Octavio Dotel to Los Angeles", huh? This is what the Pirates ALWAYS do this time of year. Haven't you been paying attention the past 10-15 seasons? C'mon Marc...

Aug 01, 2010 4:24 AM on Trade Deadline Roundup
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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"The Pirates team now looks little like the one that opened the season". We say this every season in Pittsburgh, season after season after season, for 18 seasons, even if writers at BP are having understandable difficulty recognizing this.

Jul 15, 2010 7:00 AM on NL Central
 
gluckschmerz
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Funny.

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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I hope Asher Wojciechowski becomes a superstar just so his name has to be pronounced by so many announcers. Would love to hear Harry Carry say that name. Would love to see the look on Steve Stone's face when Harry said that name...

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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John I think you should participate more on these comment Quick Links. Especially when you can offer insights that others might citicize. The Pirates are an organization you know quite well. You should not shy away from offering your insights and commentary on this organization. As George Orwell said: All that is necessary for evil to succeed is for good men to say nothing. You are a good man. An honest and hardworking man. Please call the Pirates to account for their actions. Thanks.

Jun 21, 2010 4:11 PM on Paper Trail of June 21
 
gluckschmerz
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C'mon. Is there any indication the current Pirates mgmnt team has a clue how to use this current talent pool? They are such a gaggle of goofs and knuckleheads. The Steelers and Penguins know how to raise their talent. Nutting and Co. DO NOT. When is the last time the Pirates system produced a 30 HR hitter?

Jun 21, 2010 3:48 PM on Monday Update
 
gluckschmerz
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Please John, don't stop reporting on the "dysfunction that permeates the Pirate organization". People here in Pittsburgh are used to the lies and excuses, but BP readers might somehow think it not really that bad. Well, it is, and that is why baseball season in Pittsburgh is rather brief: it lasts from the final Penquins game in the Spring until the first day of Steelers Training Camp in the late summer.

Jun 21, 2010 12:20 PM on Monday Update
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Get the owner, Bob Nutting, out of there. Pittsburgh is a great sports town. Poor ownership is the problem.

Jun 21, 2010 10:18 AM on Monday Update
 
gluckschmerz
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Amen. Gotta fill air time.

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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....or Bob Prince, who I assume Hertzel new quite well.

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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The way the Holland injury played out and Orel Hershiser's comments on the situation as it unfolded were interesting. Mike Maddux seemed genuinely angry at Holland for his lack of honesty. Perhaps Holland does owe his team more honesty if the alternative is spotting the other team 4 runs. Joe Morgan is frustrating at times. But he does lurch into the realm of usefulness when he speaks to the distinction between playing while hurting and playing injured. So it seems like Holland owes Maddux and his team more honesty so that they can dertermine if he is hurting or injured.

May 31, 2010 5:32 AM on Monday Update
 
gluckschmerz
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I saw the Brewers at PNC Park earlier this season (the 20-0 game) and was actually surprised how big Weeks is. Much bigger than Ryan Braun. Maybe Weeks' future is in the outfield, maybe thats where he thrives. He'll be fun to watch wherever he plays...

May 28, 2010 4:04 AM on Friday Update
 
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Forwhatitsworth... Lincecum had a closed-door meeting with Bruce Bochy prior to Thursday's game, the San Jose Mercury News reports. “We talked about a lot of things,” Bochy said. “I don’t want to get into it all. … When things aren’t going well for a player, there are times as a manager you want to walk to your player just to see where he’s at.” Lincecum has had uncharacteristically bad control in his last three starts, issuing 15 walks during that span. Further, Bochy questioned his focus in his recent starts, as he's allowed an NL-high 12 stolen bases this season.

May 27, 2010 2:30 PM on Thursday Update
 
gluckschmerz
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Watching Lincecum's past three starts and seeing him walk so many is concerning. But is his motion/mechanics hiding a flaw or injury because of it's very unique nature. Or is he just out of whack right now, a period every pitcher must endure over the course of a season?

May 27, 2010 8:47 AM on Thursday Update
 
gluckschmerz
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Thanks. I am on the cusp of making a HR/RBI/OPS surge in my league, I can just feel it. I grabbed Ortiz in hopes that he nudges me that extra little bit. And he is just a guy I like to root for.... Any sense when that BJ Upton HR/RBI/OPS surge is coming?

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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I love your work, Mark. But you seem to be hedging. Will Ortiz hit 30-35 HRs? Drive in over 100? Hit .280+? He's such an easy guy to root for and maybe you know you are rooting for him and that awareness tempers your optimism. Perhaps I over-analyze....

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Will, have you seen O. Chapman lately. He seems to be regressing. I know you are not a scout, but what is going on with him? Thanks

May 15, 2010 11:06 AM on Beltran Gets Moving
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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I am enjoying the Paper Trail blogs. Thanks John!

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Thanks for this series, John. I am a newspaper fan and these links are much appreciated. Thanks again...

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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"traumatized"?

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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*sigh*

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Respectfully, you are late to this party.

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Thanks for the Venable info. I rostered him earlier this week and now understand how to use him.

Apr 28, 2010 9:17 AM on Hot Spots: Outfield
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Maybe its the Phillie's trying to drive Pujols and Gonzalez to the AL by overpaying for a lesser talent.

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Tampa.

Apr 27, 2010 11:11 AM on Iannetta Demoted
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Hey CK, did you treat yourself to a Primanti's sandwich?

Apr 21, 2010 5:07 AM on Brewers at Pirates
 
gluckschmerz
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"Orioles manager Dave Trembley's job is not in danger despite the 1-8 start, as he has the strong support of president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail." Isn't this usually the kiss of death?

Apr 17, 2010 8:28 AM on Friday Update
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Nice article. I really enjoy your interviews, thanks. BTW did Chad Paronto mention how his wife feels about being married to a ballplayer?

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Let's not forget about a healthy Tim Hudson when contemplting possible Cy Young contenders.

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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The entire Rays/Orioles series must have been hard to watch for Oriole fans. I am old enough to remember when the orioles were good. Now they seem like scheduling fodder for Boston, New York and Tampa.

Apr 14, 2010 4:06 PM on Wednesday Update
 
gluckschmerz
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I was there too John. Sure was a lot of fun to watch. A few seeing-eye singles made his line look worse that it otherwise might have. But when he needed it the 97-99 mph heat didn't let him down. There sure was a lot of traffic. My son and I got there almost an hour early, after a two hour drive from just south of Pittsburgh, and still didn't make it inside the ballpark for the first inning. We had really good seats, for a mere $8. Minor league baseball is a wonderful bargain. Nice selection of food and beer in that food concourse too....

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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*Leyland*

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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There is now a generation, or two or three, who think Pirates baseball is akin to bobbleheads, fireworks and concerts by Donnie Iris, Steve Miller and 38 Special. With each passing day the value of the Pirates is diminished. People interviewed tailgating before the game on Opening Day didn't care if the Pirates had a winning season. They were there for the party. However, just one bobblehead giveaway this season: Andrew McCutchen. The Pirates brass doesn't want to have any more bobblehead days for Pirates who have already been traded away... Shawn I know you remain open-minded and optimistic about the Pirates, but for those of us who are baseball fans and who live in Pittsburgh it sure is a miserable situation. I remember those Jim Leylan teams. The Pirates in the early 90s were fun to watch. But 1992 is now a long and distant (somewhat hazy...) memory.

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Why can't Will teach it? He's a smart guy, knows a lot about biomechanics, is a student of baseball etc. If I can teach my kid to through a cutter and a few other pitches then I think Will can teach pitches as well. amazin_mess I think you just don't like Will very much. Sometimes he is a bit much, I'll give you that. But the reason I read him is that over the years he admits when he is wrong AND he has the respect of many, many people in the industry. Maybe both of you are a little thin-skinned at times.

Apr 10, 2010 1:06 PM on Rewind and Forward
 
gluckschmerz
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C.J. Wilson (2010) = Jeff Fassero (1996). A smart, veteran, southpaw with a low 90s, running fastball that he can locate very well. Wilson also has a change-up that is his second outpitch. Grab him now.

Apr 09, 2010 10:53 AM on Don't Believe The Hype
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Three good tix to see Tampa at Target Field ran me over $250. Well played Stub Hub...

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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6. Will the payroll for the Pittsburgh Pirates be even lower then the Opening Day $34.9 million after the trade deadline? Which one of the starters gets dealt, where will Dotel be sent, how soon will Bobby Crosby be dispatched to a contender? Just how low can Bob Nutting go?

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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My only question is are the Reds really that bad?

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Sheehan, writing on Rotowire, didn't even metion Sean Rodriguez. I e-mailed CK about him..... silence. Wouldn't be funny if this fellow was for real.

Apr 02, 2010 7:55 PM on Spring Flings
 
gluckschmerz
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My iPhone should arrive sometime on Monday. I'm curious, any suggestions for baseball-related apps? Suggestions for music apps beyond Pandora appreciated too. Thanks.

Apr 02, 2010 7:50 PM on iBPad
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Elvis Andrus had a cortisone shot in his wrist and will miss at least the Rangers' last two exhibition games, ESPN Dallas reports. Yikes, or not yikes?

Apr 02, 2010 6:34 PM on Camp Casualties
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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You mean Steelers fans. They are not many Pirates fans, not many at all.

Apr 02, 2010 5:49 PM on Camp Casualties
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Mets fans Phillies fans Bunch of easygoing people. *sigh*

Apr 02, 2010 5:43 PM on Camp Casualties
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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When does Kerry Wood go on the DL? Why are the Indians waiting? Thanks

Apr 02, 2010 12:14 PM on Camp Casualties
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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CJ Wilson = Jeff Fassero.

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Say it with me.... Neshek..., Neshek..., Neshek.

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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CK and Jay Jaffe are why I've decided to renew. The new guys can't write. Christina and Jay write with aplomb. CK, I picked up the Berlin Noir Trilogy from the library this afternoon. I am loving it!

Mar 26, 2010 4:38 PM on Tough Cuts
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Kris Benson. It seems a long time ago when the Pirates drafted him with the first pick in 1996.

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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John, I'm a fan of your work. But this format..., not so much.

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Just wondering if you have actually seen any of the candidates for the closer job for the Twins? Watching Neshek the other night (....and I am not a scout *disclaimer*) he was quite impressive. The other guys looker ordinary.

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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I'm thinking that Neshek will end up closing, sooner rather than later. And he is so fun to watch, makes a cup of coffee seem calm.

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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I think Joe is just messing with us: He's blogging about what he has already written.

Mar 23, 2010 7:26 PM on Decisions, Decisions...
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Well-played, Mauer.

Mar 22, 2010 4:48 PM on Weekend Mayhem Edition
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Go with Longo and nab Votto and Weeks later in the draft. This is finally the year Rickie Weeks arrives.

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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http://mlb.fanhouse.com/2008/12/17/video-shows-alleged-abuse-by-brian-giles/

Mar 21, 2010 10:34 AM on Brian Giles
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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I agree Mike, especially when you write "you're not really contributing anything constructive..., since they've already taken steps to address pretty much every one of those issues." That is where I hope BP understands what is happening. People need to vent. The comments here and elsewhere are serving as a forum for venting frustration and disappointment. BP sets a pretty high standard for itself and has clearly fallen short of expectations. I have worked many years in customer service and sometimes an organization just screws up, drops the ball, chokes, ignores a problems, lets things spin out of control, gets overwhelmed etc. And when this happens you try to make things right with your customers, but you sometimes just have to take your medicine and let them vent their frustration. Then hopefully you have another chance to earn back their trust and confidence. If so, you both move forward together. If not, you both move forward separately.

Mar 20, 2010 12:46 PM on Weekly PECOTA Update
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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killjoy

Mar 19, 2010 1:48 PM on National League
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Well..., what makes a good leadoff man? I've been throwing batting practice to my 11 yr old the past few sunny days and I keep reminding him to layoff the balls and crush the strikes. I tell him that getting on base is the best thing he can do to help his team. This will all go out the window come gametime. He'll go up there and hack at the first or second pitch no matter where its thrown. So I guess he's much like many big league leadoff men.

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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"...expect Toronto to be calling the first name in June 2011." Are you suggesting that Toronto will have a worse record than Pittsburgh?

Mar 16, 2010 6:45 PM on Any 'O' In Toronto?
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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I do need to say this, I will not be renewing for a number of reasons: No reliable PECOTA (the silence surrounding the PECOTA issue puzzles and disappoints), no Sheehan, poor customer service, and articles and analyisis which seem to me to be strewn with grammatical, stylistic and most probably mathematical/statistical errors.

Mar 14, 2010 7:04 PM on PECOTA Update
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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I agree with vtadave. But you guys sure could have saved yourselves a lot of trouble by getting out in front of this thing. Too much silence and for too long.

Mar 14, 2010 6:37 PM on PECOTA Update
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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I was kinda disappoint that PECOTA wasn't up to snuff when I had my draft last weekend. AND I think BP should have been more upfront about things A LOT earlier. It just seemed like I expected BP people to more forthright about all this PECOTA stuff. Why keep pretending? Articles keep getting posted, analysis keeps getting churned out, readers keep reading.... But upon what are the articles, analysis and readers depending upon? Are we really to expect some point of clarity which allows us all to move forward with reliable data, predictions and analysis? I can pick my own fantasy baseball team on my own just fine. Thats on me. But PECOTA.... That's on you guys, BP. I wish you the best and truly hope that you get it all sorted out.

Mar 13, 2010 12:36 PM on PECOTA Update
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Giles was aways known as a jerk here in Pittsburgh. Just ask Jack Wilson how Brian Giles and Jason Kendall treated him and his wife. Back in '01 during Wilson's first Spring Traning with the Pirates his wife, Julie, took a job as a waitress at a local Florida restaraunt and Giles and Kendall found out where and got their kicks from bossing her around and treating her poorly. They apparently had even more "fun" by talking about it all quite loudly in the clubhouse where Wilson could clearly overhear. Giles and Kendall, classy guys.

Mar 13, 2010 5:31 AM on Import/Export
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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"If the Blue Jays do the smart thing and decide to give Kevin Gregg the bulk of the save opportunities then Frasor will do better than the forecasted for 19 saves." Is there a typo in there somewhere. I don't get the logic ....

Mar 10, 2010 12:11 PM on Closers
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Either that or no ratings for any comment. I really enjoy the comments section, but some would like to bully others into silence or reduce the significance of their comments by labeling them as being below some arbitrary threshold of acceptability. The comments section is certainly no place for vulgarity or personal attacks. But when is the last time a *below threshold* comment was really offensive. Contrariness is not offensive, neither is being disagreeable. Isn't BP supposed to be a forum for ideas?

Mar 10, 2010 4:33 AM on Spring Injury Roundup
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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I'll second that.

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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I'm kinda thinking about having 'em both and playing Ianetta when he is in Coors and Playing Soto when Ianetta is on the road..... That PECOTA does run with a rough crowd. He, Marcel and Chone are thugs.

Mar 01, 2010 4:11 AM on Catcher rankings
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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So Marc, you'd really rather have Ianetta than Soto on your 5x5 team, or even your 6x6 team (OPS and K/9)? PECOTA seems to like Soto a lot more than Ianetta when you look at the 70% and 80%. Soto seems to have a lot more upside. Am I reading things wrong?

Feb 28, 2010 6:39 PM on Catcher rankings
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Luuuuuuuuuuuv your work!

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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He didn't used to be this bad. Kind of sad.

Feb 22, 2010 6:58 PM on Goin' Through Mobile
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Sure you can. But there is a segment of the populace who has it in their genes to be perpetually offended and/or outraged. It doesn't take much to set them off. I've found a good rule of thumb to be this: Don't be thin-skinned when attacked by the thin-skinned.

Feb 22, 2010 2:05 PM on Goin' Through Mobile
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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About those PECOTA cards.....any idea when they will be completed?

Feb 21, 2010 7:01 AM on June 3-9
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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"Nothing personal to John, but this is really, really weak stuff." I agree. When is someone like CK or Kevin Goldstein et al. going to step up and deal with the PECOTA issue? I never, NEVER expected this sort of head-in-the-sand behavior from BP.

Feb 21, 2010 4:58 AM on NL Central
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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A little playful sarcasm and this comment gets a -12. Sheesh

Feb 13, 2010 7:12 PM on June 4-5, 2002
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Your honesty and hard work are appreciated. Good luck with the snow removal! I eagerly await those player cards!

Feb 13, 2010 9:50 AM on June 4-5, 2002
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Question: I am sick of playing Yahoo Fantasy Baseball, which fantasy baseball leagues/sites do you folks suggest? I'd prefer a keeper league that doesn't cost too much to join. My son and I would like to join the same league, each owning our own team. Thanks.

Feb 10, 2010 7:47 AM on Meet the Press
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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eighteen: "The post only becomes "blocked" when 4 more people disagree with it than agree. I think equating disagreement with censorship or fascism in this case is a bit much." res ipsa loquitor

Feb 08, 2010 7:40 PM on Righting The Ship
 
gluckschmerz
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It is better that I don't block any posts. Blocking the posts of others is what it is, blocking their ideas. Does it matter if it is on the internet or on the street corner? Heck, I read the block posts most of all so maybe I have it all wrong. Who knows....?

Feb 08, 2010 1:46 PM on Righting The Ship
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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I suppose BP has now become a sarcasm-free and irony-free zone. *sigh* Blocking because you disagree is fascism.

Feb 08, 2010 4:00 AM on Righting The Ship
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Who is the readership of this site that this comment gets a -8? Sheesh.

Feb 07, 2010 7:52 PM on Righting The Ship
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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"penuriousness"= Nutting et al.

Feb 07, 2010 10:00 AM on Righting The Ship
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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...you mean revenue-sharing "scheme" when you are talking Bob Nutting. I'll again recommend Bob Smizik's blog at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for a sane and articulate take on the Pirates: http://community.post-gazette.com/blogs/bobsmizik/default.aspx John Perrotto actually covered the Pirates, so his take is usually spot-on as well. John, any chance you were at PirateFest this weekend? A quick look at the Pirates homepage shows their leading RBI man returning from last season will be Andy LaRoche with ... (wait for it...) 64! Leading the starting rotation with an ERA of 3.92 will be Ross Ohlendorf. Said Bob Nutting, "The team has not been for sale and is not for sale. I'm excited about where we are. We've made some tough decisions, made a lot of progress and, frankly, we're just getting started with where we're headed. A sale is simply not an option that's on our table." *sigh*

Jan 31, 2010 1:20 PM on Weekend Update
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Amen, sister!

Jan 31, 2010 1:04 PM on Weekend Update
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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I'm curious, do you live in Pittsburgh? Do you have a cubicle at PNC Park? I suppose I am disputing your willingness to buy into "Nutting-speak". Try reading this recent interview: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10025/1030840-63.stm Many little league baseball associations in Western Pennsylvania don't even have the Pirates in their leagues anymore. Kids don't want to wear Pirates uniforms. My 11-yr old played in two different leagues last year and we never saw Pirates uniforms. The only Pirates player jerseys kids in this area have are former Pirates players. It's a joke. You can add up numbers, analyze stats, project the future etc., but Pirates fans have just had it at this point. To us, Bob Nutting is just another guy peddling a lie.

Jan 28, 2010 5:19 AM on Mid-Week Update
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Go here to see what real, actual, Pittsburgh sports fans and Pirates fans have to say. By 7:15pm here were 238 comments to this blog post by Bob Smizik. http://community.post-gazette.com/blogs/bobsmizik/default.aspx Pittsburgh is a wonderful city and a great sports town. But too many citizens of Pittsburgh have become non-baseball fans. They now equate a night at the ballpark with fireworks, bobbleheads and concerts by third-rate country/classic rock bands.

Jan 27, 2010 4:37 PM on Mid-Week Update
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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John Perrotto might be the perfect person to answer that question. How did Bob Nutting come to own the Pirates? How are MLB owners vetted? Here's another question for anyone who cares to answer: What does an owner owe his fans?

Jan 27, 2010 3:30 PM on Mid-Week Update
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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This just a re-post from the same stuff you copied/pasted into another comments thread? Please read the Smizik blog and the comments to the blog to get a feel for what the fans in Pittsburgh are thinking/saying about the Pirates, Nutting, Huntington et al. To defend Bob Nutting is folly of the worst kind. You write: "The MLBPA targeting the Pirates is going to be a joke." I beg to differ. MLB allowing Bob Nutting to continue to own an MLB franchise is the joke. There are many reason the Pirates now have what you accurately describe as a "hostile fan base". This summer will be the 18th consecutive summer of losing baseball in a proud sports town. The Pirates and Bob Nutting have earned the hostility.

Jan 27, 2010 2:16 PM on Mid-Week Update
 
gluckschmerz
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"I don't see why failing to sign the likes of Teixeira, LaPorta, Alvarez, etc. is viewed as a positive." I agree. Isn't it at least a glass half-empty if they identify talent then fail to sign the talent?

 
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Bob Nutting is not a man easily embarrassed. The owner of the Pirates make no apologies for operating what is one of the worst -- if not the worst -- professional sports franchise in this country. You’d never know from hearing Nutting speak that there’s anything wrong with the Pirates. But as we all know there’s plenty wrong with the Pirates. The team has had 17 consecutive losing seasons and there looks to be no getting around No. 18 this summer. Nutting believes he has a plan in place, and he does. That might not sound like much, but considering how the Pirates have operated in the past it is an improvement. Whether that plan will work remains to be seen. In any evaluation of the Pirates' future three things must be considered: * Almost all of the other 15 National League franchises also have a plan. * With the possible exception of Washington, none of those franchises is starting from as far back as the Pirates. * None of those franchises has an ownership group more reluctant to spend. This is to say the hill the Pirates must climb back to respectability is steep, very steep. The path to championship contention is steeper still. --Bob Smizik

Jan 27, 2010 11:59 AM on Mid-Week Update
 
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If you live in Pittsburgh it isn't funny. It is business as usual. Check out Bob Smizik's blog at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. http://community.post-gazette.com/blogs/bobsmizik/default.aspx

Jan 27, 2010 11:55 AM on Mid-Week Update
 
gluckschmerz
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Bring back Joe Sheehan.

Jan 26, 2010 3:53 AM on Juice
 
gluckschmerz
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"I'd like to think that baseball realizes it needs to find a way to ensure that not only can Mauer, Gonzalez, Zack Greinke and Sizemore play where they belong for what they deserve, but that in 2018, Stanton and Strasburg can be the faces of the Marlins and Nationals, not further chapters in the Hundred-Year War between the Yankees and Red Sox." -Peter Gammons

Jan 19, 2010 5:14 PM on May 20-26
 
gluckschmerz
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That big *sigh* of relief you heard was Bob Nutting, who is quite happy with Brad Lincoln. Lincoln might someday pitch alongside other 1st round picks Daniel Moskos, Bryan Bullington, Bobby Bradley, Sean Burnett and fireballer Paul Maholm. Even Peter Gammons has come to recognize the revenue gap that exists in baseball which paralyzes small market teams. But not BP. I wonder how the Pirates would react to having to pay a player $10+ million? Do they give away fewer bobbleheads? Have fewer fireworks nights? Hmmm....

Jan 19, 2010 1:35 PM on May 20-26
 
gluckschmerz
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"At times, it gets a bit screechy and there’s a few people who are so regularly disruptive that I would have kicked them off the playground a long time ago if it were just up to me." When does the playground bully begin to realize that they are the playground bully?

Jan 12, 2010 12:31 PM on Rounding the Bases
 
gluckschmerz
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"I'll care what the law says when tobacco is banned." - Joe Sheehan "Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious." -George Orwell Joe, we miss you.

Jan 12, 2010 12:19 PM on Heading Out
 
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Will and BP are thinned-skinned about the steroid issue as they are/were willing enablers. They operate under the "sample size" delusion.

Jan 12, 2010 7:36 AM on Heading Out
 
gluckschmerz
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Ah, the "sample size" delusion. lol

Jan 12, 2010 7:34 AM on Heading Out
 
gluckschmerz
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"If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear" - George Orwell

Jan 12, 2010 7:14 AM on Heading Out
 
gluckschmerz
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"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act" - George Orwell

Jan 12, 2010 7:12 AM on Heading Out
 
gluckschmerz
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Curious how so many in "the media" turned a blind eye to the behavior of MLB owners/management/players in the "steroid era", and now they *begin* to do their job and investigate what went on. Too often journalist = stenographer.

Jan 12, 2010 6:51 AM on Heading Out
 
gluckschmerz
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"Let's be clear, the Yankees didn't just use money muscle to make this happen..." Oh c'mon CK. The Yankees start from a level that most teams can't even dream of. The Yankees have a wider range of options. The Yankees are one of the "haves". Their payroll allows for more wiggle room, mis-steps and mistakes and imparts to them the ability to draft and otherwise acquire fungible/tradeable assests that the "have-nots" cannot "afford to put into play". Payroll is *always* a factor with the Yankees. The NHL, NBA and NBA have payroll mechanisms in place which allow well-run teams to compete for championships. The same cannot be said for MLB where it's about revenue and payroll.

Dec 23, 2009 7:14 AM on The Vazquez Trade
 
gluckschmerz
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"The difference between the Yankees and the Braves isn't revenue." Huh? That's the difference between the Yankees and everybody.

Dec 22, 2009 2:07 PM on The Braves' New World
 
gluckschmerz
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Rooting for the Yankees is like rooting for Tom Cruise to get the girl.

 
gluckschmerz
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Okay. I am enjoying this, in a dark, perverse kinda way. But really, couldn't you guys have started this series with the Pirates (and a few other teams...) back on Opening Day? Baseball has a very stratified class system. And the lower class teams just don't have a shot. Now occasionally EVERYTHING goes right for a small market team and they end up in the playoffs. But c'mon guys, 1/3 of the league just doesn't have a realistic shot at a playoff spot. And its the same teams, year after year, its the same teams.

Sep 19, 2009 9:47 AM on Milwaukee Brewers
 
gluckschmerz
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Cartel. Cartel. Cartel. Baseball is a cartel. Free markets exist ONLY in textbooks and computer simulations.

Sep 09, 2009 4:46 PM on Pirates Adrift
 
gluckschmerz
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EVERYTHING had to go right for those teams. They are the exceptions that you "free marketeers" use to prove your point. Every few seasons a small market team does well and you go "Hey look, see I told you so...". But EVERY YEAR the Bostons, the New Yorks, the Chicagos have the ability to compete. St Louis is a heeee-uge media market. The Cardinals fill up their park all the time. The little guys need to have EVERYTHING go right for them. They have no margin for error.

Sep 09, 2009 4:43 PM on Pirates Adrift
 
gluckschmerz
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Like all teams in smaller markets, EVERYTHING has to go right for them to compete with the teams in big markets. The Yankees can make mistakes and have injuries, so can the Cardinals, the Phillies, the Angels et al. But smaller market teams need EVERYTHING to go right for them to win a division title. Small market teams like the Pirates have no room for error, mistakes, injuries and other assorted uncertainties. But this means nothing to the likes of Sheehan and others who preach the wonders of the "free-market". THERE IS NO FREE MARKET. Do you understand? THERE IS NO FREE MARKET. The "free market" ONLY exists in textbooks. Baseball will always have a class system so long as it lack an intelligent and resilient salary structure. The NFL allows for the Steelers to win. The NHL allows for the Penguins to win. The NBA allows for smaller markets to compete for titles. Not Major League Baseball. MLB is a retrograde cartel.

Sep 09, 2009 6:13 AM on Pirates Adrift
 
gluckschmerz
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Ahhhhh.... the Prandtls burnt almond torte. Yeee-um! When I went to Duquesne I lived on Ivy Street, just around the corner from Prandtl's (and The Balcony and Hot Licks.... Shadyside rocked in the late 80s and early 90s!) You are right Tim, there is a lot to enjoy and respect about Pittsburgh. I hope I am around when the Pirates can be a part of your final sentence and when they and their announcers can be worthy of such a wonderful ballpark. But for the past 16 years and 123 games the Pirates have offered the city of Pittsburgh a lousy product.

Aug 26, 2009 10:46 AM on Who? Never Heard of Him.
 
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"the right field bleachers at PNC are the best seats in the house" and The Towering Inferno is Paul Newman's best film. Oh well...., like wine, women and song I suppose ballpark seats are a matter of personal taste. Have a great time guys. And please don't give Huntington et al. a free pass and tons of softball questions or they will mistake you for the local "journalists".

Aug 26, 2009 10:23 AM on Who? Never Heard of Him.
 
gluckschmerz
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Stop it, stop it, stop it. Please. The lousy baseball team is bad enough. Now you'll give it away that we talk funny too. *sigh* Maybe Greg Brown and Bob Walk will be there to share their collective baseball wisdom with a live audience. I think the Pirates broadcasters are just another reason that the fan base has been dumbed-down and expects so little year after year. All the current fan base wants are fireworks, bobbleheads and re-caps of the glory years of the '70s and the Leyland/Bonds years. I have the MLB Extra innings pakage which opens up a whole new world. There are announcers, play-by-play guys and color guys who actually enhance the viewing experience. I'm curious why the Pirates are sticking you way out in Section 142. Is that all $44 gets you? Is this standard for a BP ballpark event?

 
gluckschmerz
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Pittsburgh is great for football fans and hockey fans. It's a tough town to live in if you are a baseball fan. The baseball league in which my 11 yr old son played didn't even have a team called the Pirates. And Nate McClouth Pirates game jerseys at the local Kohls can now be had for $10. *sigh* PNC Park is a wonderful ballpark so I hope we get a nice crowd for the event. Thanks in advance to Will and Shawn!

 
gluckschmerz
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Will there be any Pirates front office types at this event?

 
gluckschmerz
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I am glad to have this guy in Pittsburgh. I hope he blossoms and lends some energy to this moribund team. The next time I see a Milledge jersey I'm gonna grab one. Lastings is a lot of fun to watch!

Aug 02, 2009 4:11 PM on Lastings Milledge
 
gluckschmerz
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Hey Joe- Rather than raising a family/living in a major market like New York or Boston, or LA or Chicago, perhaps you might consider what it is like for fans raising a family/living in a mid- or a small-market city like Pittsburgh. We live our lives and/or raise our families and root for our baseball teams just like you big city folks. But here in Pittsburgh after 17 years of losing baseball it kinda starts becoming a drag. We ask why the Steelers can win (and not the Pirates...). We ask ourselves why the Penguins can win (and not the Pirates...). It seems like this time of year that the buyers are big-market teams and the sellers are small-market teams. When the Brewers acquired Sabathia last year it was such a glaring exception to this pattern that analysts used it as the exception that disproved the rule. Would some sort of mechanism to level the playing field really be such a bad idea?

Jul 31, 2009 4:47 AM on Review and Reset
 
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Why was this post considered inappropriate? *sigh*

Jul 22, 2009 4:03 AM on Central Dilemmas
 
gluckschmerz
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Amen. Pleeeeeease, please sell the franchise. Gene Collier, in today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, has an article that might echo the sentiments of what remains of the Pirates dwindling fan base: "Why is it that the most prudent thing to do in 2009 or 2008 or 2005 or 2003 or 2001 or 1998 or 1994 concerning the future of the Pirates always results in a major league payroll that is low and flat and uncompetitive? For 17 years, no matter who's vision, who's plan, who's talents, who's analysis has been sculpting the future of the organization, the result remains a going-through-the-motions payroll at the big-league level"?

Jul 21, 2009 4:15 AM on The Weekend Wrap
 
gluckschmerz
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I was reading this morning's P-G: Jack Wilson and Freddy Sanchez BFFs forever? I am fan of both players, but really... This Pirates soap opera must soon come to an end. Right? Would Mike Tomlin and the Rooneys put up with this? Would Ray Shero and Mario Lemieux?

Jul 20, 2009 5:33 AM on The Weekend Wrap
 
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Kevin: Brett Anderson or David Price the rest of this season? The next 5 seasons? Should Pirates fans be worried about Alvarez? Or is he just experienceing growing pains?

Jul 08, 2009 5:30 PM on Great Leaps Forward
 
gluckschmerz
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Re: Ian Snell, and in all seriousness... could it be possible that playing in Pittsburgh (Snell), Florida (Willis), San Diego (Greene), Cincinatti (Votto) and other cities with poorly run and/or losing teams might be very frustrating for some highly competitive athletes? Perhaps leading to depression/anxiety related illnesses? As a fan, I know being a Pirates fan is often a drag. I can only imagine what it is like living your professional life as a Pirates player (or announcer, I recall former Pirates announcer Lanny Frattare needing a respite a few seasons back...). Sure, they get a big paycheck, drive nice cars, have big houses etc. But maybe some athletes with losing teams also have an emptiness inside. Losing season after losing season must wear on you after a while... I recall Carl Crawford's comment last season about how it was more fun to go out in public now that the Rays are finally winning. And Jason Bay seem a lot happier these days and he isn't making more money.

Jul 03, 2009 6:38 AM on Tweaks and Updates
 
gluckschmerz
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A kid in Pittsburgh can wear a Jack Wilson shirt without apology. He plays hard every inning. I think Jack Wilson is entitled to gripe and/or whine for a day or two, like the rest of us Pirates fans. Then he'll go back to work and wonder if this once proud franchise will ever turn things around...., like the rest of us Pirates fans. Perhaps he was/is overpaid, but he plays hard and is one of the few Pirates who seems invested in how the team is doing. Isn't he allowed to get annoyed once in a while? Who among the BP staff and readership would turn down his paycheck?

Jul 03, 2009 5:31 AM on Whining
 
gluckschmerz
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Perhaps Jack Wilson should have attended this year's Anthrocon (Google it!), which was held in Pittsburgh, just a few blocks from PNC Park. Had he stopped by for a visit he might see the Pirate Parrot in a new light. As for his salary, he has hed two pretty good seasons ('04 and '07) and is a fan favorite. He is very active in the Pittsburgh community and has never threatened an "Operation Shut Down" style revolt. He plays hard every inning. And he ,and his wife, put up with jerks like Jason Kendall and Brian Giles for too long. A kid in Pittsburgh can wear a Jack Wilson shirt without apology. I think Jack Wilson is entitled to gripe and/or whine for a day or two, like the rest of us Pirates fans. Then he'll go back to work and wonder if this once proud franchise will ever turn things around...., like the rest of us Pirates fans.

 
gluckschmerz
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I kept reading about the possibility of the Pirates making a splash with a few high-profile international signings. This was often sighted as one of the reasons they went cheap in last month's draft. Is this just more smoke and cracked mirrors from Huntington et al.?

Jul 03, 2009 5:07 AM on January 3-19, 2002
 
gluckschmerz
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How about this for a challenge: Where do the Pirates go from here? If you were the Pirates GM what is your plan for the next three months of the season? The off-season? The next few years?

Jul 01, 2009 5:52 PM on The Arms Race
 
gluckschmerz
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Why do some BP readers silence other BP readers who have contrary opinions? Why even visit the comments section if you do that...

Jun 29, 2009 8:10 AM on First Base Cornucopia
 
gluckschmerz
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Couldn't agree more with this fellow... Amen!

Jun 24, 2009 3:56 AM on Giving Don Fehr His Due
 
gluckschmerz
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Any news on Joey Votto? Will we see him again this season?

Jun 17, 2009 4:49 AM on Big Names Down
 
gluckschmerz
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Did the name "Jose Mesa" come up at all?

Jun 14, 2009 12:24 PM on Omar Vizquel
 
gluckschmerz
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What should Pirates fans be looking for in this draft as a sign that Huntington et al. is making smart picks? How can we have faith in Pirates front office? Thanks.

Jun 09, 2009 11:24 AM on The Mock Draft
 
gluckschmerz
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Sometimes they need to be saved from themselves....

Jun 07, 2009 8:40 AM on Winter Meetings Edition
 
gluckschmerz
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I have grown used to the 5-2 losses. And the 10-2 losses and the 8-3 losses. The occasional win just leaves me with the empty, hollow satisfaction of a so-so one night stand. We all love to root for Nyjer Morgan who is an all-around good guy. But do Pirates fans want to root for a a bunch of Morgans, Wilsons and McClouths, good guys all? OR... do we want to root for the next Central Division winners? That team in Cincinati sure is fun to watch. The Cards will be beatable when Pujols ages out. The Cubs have an aging core as do the Astros. Am I wishcasting to hope we can effectively tussle with the Brewers in the years to come? I think this draft will tell us a lot about the Pirates front office.

Jun 07, 2009 5:06 AM on Draft Rumor Mill
 
gluckschmerz
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"Next run of success" only applies to the Pens and the Steelers.

Jun 05, 2009 8:01 AM on A New Age of Reason?
 
gluckschmerz
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My wife thinks I am bitter. She's right. Go Pens! Go Steelers!

Jun 04, 2009 4:47 PM on The McLouth Trade
 
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Sheesh..... Cast a wide net. A blind squirrel eventually finds a nut. A room full of monkeys can type Macbeth, given enough paper.... But here in Pittsburgh we always have the bobbleheads, fireworks and Primanti's sandwiches! A nice view of Clemente Bridge.... Woo... hoo!

Jun 04, 2009 4:46 PM on The McLouth Trade
 
gluckschmerz
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Simply a salary dump, as always..... Baseball life in Pittsburgh never changes.

Jun 04, 2009 4:42 PM on The McLouth Trade
 
gluckschmerz
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Here you have it: Life as a baseball fan here in Pittsburgh. Perhaps the Pirates just needed to dump payroll (even if it is a *mere* $15 million or so) to allow them financial resources for the upcoming draft. Some cities have to "Wait 'til next year..." Here in Pittsburgh it seems like we have to "Wait 'til....well, just keep on waiting". *sigh*

Jun 04, 2009 12:10 PM on A New Age of Reason?
 
gluckschmerz
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"Pirate fans did not deserve these idiots". Well, those people who keep going for fireworks, bobbleheads etc. deserve the baseball the pay for, right? Or, as someone above put it, they deserve the entertainment they pay for. I take my 10 yr old to see 2-3 games a year, when an interesting team is in town. But if the Pirates were a well-run organization, making good decisions, fielding a roster of major league players (you know, trying to win games... Competing for even the occasional Wild Card spot...) we would certainly buy some sort of season ticket package. Maybe some day soon the Pirates will be worthy of support from baseball fans in the Pittsburgh area.

May 23, 2009 4:54 PM on Lowlights in Steel City
 
gluckschmerz
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Amen!

May 23, 2009 5:29 AM on Lowlights in Steel City
 
gluckschmerz
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Access too often buys silence. Journalists should be more than stenographers. Parroting the company line is enabling, not journalism. I don't think journalists should be cynical, but a healthy skepticism would be nice. Too bad Jon Stewart didn't cover the Pirates that past few years.

May 22, 2009 2:02 PM on Lowlights in Steel City
 
gluckschmerz
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Thanks. And loooooooooong overdue. This really sums up what it has been like to be a baseball fan in Pittsburgh the past 17 years. The Penguins and the Steelers are professional and VERY well-run organizations. The Penguins and Steelers compete for playoff spots and chanpionships. The Pirates.... simply a laughingstock. Let me be more specific: The Pirates have been a shameless laughingstock who have been reliant on bobbleheads, fireworks displays and a wonderful (publicly financed) ballpark to eek out a marginal profit each season. I remember back in the 2000 season when the fans, rather than chanting "Let's Go Bucs", would chant "Trade Pat Meares". It was a true Jumping The Shark experience. Question: Where were Bob Smizik, Gene Collier, Dejan Kovacevic, John Perrotto and the rest of the sportswriters in Pittsburgh while the Pirates were perpetrating this fraud on their fans?

May 22, 2009 1:00 PM on Lowlights in Steel City
 
gluckschmerz
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Just curious.... Any chance of a Hit List dealing with the overall ballpark experience of each home park? PNC Park is wonderful: great food, terrific veiw of the Clemente Bridge, a really nice place to take in a game.

May 16, 2009 5:33 AM on Mid-May Madness
 
gluckschmerz
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Hey Will- Sometimes one must bow to the absurd....

May 15, 2009 3:52 AM on Game Four
 
gluckschmerz
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Trust me: Zach Duke will break your fantasy heart.

May 10, 2009 5:11 AM on Dreaming of Zach Duke
 
gluckschmerz
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Re: Manny Disappointed. Not surprised. All of us, right?

May 07, 2009 3:48 PM on Manny's Return
 
gluckschmerz
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Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical. ~ Yogi Berra

Apr 27, 2009 6:07 PM on I Can See Clearly Now?
 
gluckschmerz
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Hi Will. Just wondering if there is anything amiss with Jimmy Rollins. I know its early, but sheesh....

Apr 27, 2009 5:17 PM on I Can See Clearly Now?
 
gluckschmerz
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....oh, and I was REEEEEALY looking forward to enjoying Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone this afternoon. Alas, the Chi Sox were also postponed. But those two are going to be A LOT of fun this season. Anyone know of an outlet, online or otherwise, that covers MLB broadcasters?

Apr 06, 2009 12:11 PM on Opening Day Edition
 
gluckschmerz
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Thanks. And I'll brush up on my geography... *smile*

Apr 06, 2009 9:37 AM on Opening Day Edition
 
gluckschmerz
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Great to have the Hit List back! One question: Anyone know why Boston vs. Tampa is being played (*postponed*) outside in Boston rather than inside in Tampa?

Apr 06, 2009 9:16 AM on Opening Day Edition
 
gluckschmerz
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HonusCobb? Are you, perhaps, a fan of the 1909 World Series?

Apr 03, 2009 6:42 AM on NL Projected Standings
 
gluckschmerz
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I recently saw a college game (Pitt v. Notre Dame) and was surprised by the number of sac bunts. Is this widespread in college baseball?

Apr 02, 2009 10:39 AM on Some More Projections
 
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There you go making sense... Niemann to the Pirates would brighten my day!

 
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www.antinori.it Yum!

Mar 31, 2009 6:01 AM on AL MVP
 
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Nolasco!

Mar 29, 2009 8:34 AM on Assigned the Impossible
 
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Hi Bryan. Just a few words of thanks for suggesting the Pitt/Notre Dame baseball game. We went yesterday afternoon and had a great time. I found myself sitting with the parents of A.J. Pollack (Jr/CF for ND). They had just driven nine hours from Connecticut to see him play this weekend. They were staying, along with their family dog, at a nearby Motel 6. The father was justifiably proud of his son without being over the top. He really knows his college baseball and patiently answered all of my questions. In return I told him about the wonders of Primanti Bros. sandwiches. He was intrigued and said he would be taking his son and a few teammates to enjoy Primanti's sandwiches at some point over the weekend. The facilities at Pitt are woefully bad; lousy seasting, the field is in very poor condition and parking is VERY difficult to find. I am a Pitt grad and my wife works at Pitt so we knew the area, but for the parents/fans of visiting teams it must be a nightmare (Plus Britney was in town this weekend too...). Notre Dame was the better team and except for a few baserunning blunders seemed fundamentaly strong. I was quite surprised by the number of sacrifice bunts used/attempted by both teams, is this common in college baseball? Matt Sciosia, the son of Angels manager Mike Sciosia, is on the ND team. And the ND LF is Golden Tate, who caught 10 TD passes for the ND football team. Mr. Pollock said his son was going to play in the Cape Cod League this summer. That is a really good wooden bat league, right? There was a Twins scout sitting a row in front of us who perked and pulled out his stopwatch up when A.J. Pollock was at-bat. Is A.J. Pollock a reasonable pro prospect? A fun time was had by all. We'll be going again next month when Seaton Hall is in town. The games are free, no charge for seats. And as a bonus, both my son and his friend got foul balls! Thanks again Bryan! **As an aside, there isn't a word in the local papers about yesterday's game or the upcoming games today (1pm) and tomorow (noon) between Pitt/Notre Dame. Nothing. I had to go to the Pitt athletics website for a recap.

Mar 28, 2009 4:05 AM on College Knowledge
 
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Pabst Blue Ribbon!

Mar 26, 2009 4:17 PM on Looking Back
 
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Anyone have new/current info on Trevor Hoffman, one of my all-time favorite players. What are scouts saying about him this spring? Anything left in his tank? Thanks

 
gluckschmerz
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Hey Steven, Christina et al. if you have any book sugestions for those who might need a literary bridge between now and Opening Day maybe you could list them in this space. BP '09 is a great read, as are other BP titles. But I'd enjoy reading about the early history of the game, especially 1909 World Series (Detroit-Ty Cobb v. Pittsburgh-Honus Wagner), the early history of the World Series or a well-written history of the game in the early 20th Century. Steven's "Forging Genius" got me hooked. I need another fix. Thanks

Mar 13, 2009 6:03 PM on September 3-10
 
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Jeff Clement is hitless this Spring. BP depth chart has him hitting 4th and PECOTA is quite enamored of him. Your thoughts?

Mar 06, 2009 7:20 PM on Spring Training Stats
 
gluckschmerz
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Hey Jay, what were you doing when you were 27?

Mar 06, 2009 7:09 PM on Class of 27
 
gluckschmerz
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"Brad Penny is having as many problems with his shoulder as Dollhouse is having with the ratings" Nice. Will, you do know how to turn a phrase. I'm a retro kind of fellow (Neko Case is my idea of a woman to pine for....) but even given that, shade grown coffee? Gimme 8 O'Clock Columbian and I'm a happy guy. Any chance you guys can get a BP representative on Morning Joe on MSNBC. My wife and I are hooked on Morning Joe..., and Chelsea Lately.

 
gluckschmerz
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Jay: Your thoughtful, civilized replies to readership (along with those of your colleagues...) are one of the pleasures of reading BP each day. Thanks.

Mar 06, 2009 5:52 AM on Outside Help, AL West
 
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....and there is no charge for admission! 500 seats at Trees Field and no charge.

 
gluckschmerz
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Thanks Bryan. ND is in town on Friday the 27th and my son is off from school that day. Baseball then Primanti\'s!

 
gluckschmerz
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Both Upton and Sizemore are wonderful ballplayers and a lot of fun to watch. Here in Pittsburgh we\'d take either one of them! But no one is talking about Sizemore as one of the all-time greats and Upton has that kind of upside. No one is waiting for Sizemore to explode a la Griffey or Bonds. Upton might.

Mar 04, 2009 5:07 AM on Center Field
 
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Hey Bryan, grrrrreat to have you back. Just a quick question; I live just south of Pittsburgh, where can my 10yr old son and I go to see good college baseball? Something withinn a 75-100 mile radius would be good. We\'ll make a day trip out of it if we can and maybe even drag my wife along... Thanks.

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Amen on the Maddux omission. Perhaps Joe Sheehan could have written an essay on Maddux in this year\'s edition. But to include 4-5 more essays would certainly expand this year\'s annual even more. My own request, in addition to an esay on Maddux, would be a link on this site or perhaps a color photo spread in the annual for baseball\'s hottest wives/girlfriends. BTW, Goldman writes about baseball history and the Yankees, Goldstein is the prospect guru.

Mar 02, 2009 11:07 AM on Julio Franco
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Now in its fourteenth edition, the Baseball Prospectus annual is the industry leader among annual baseball guides and the rightful successor to Bill James’s legendary bestselling Baseball Abstracts. The 2009 edition contains critical essays on each of the thirty teams and player comments for some sixty players for each of those teams. Each player’s statistics are projected for the coming season using the groundbreaking PECOTA projection system, called “perhaps the game’s most accurate projection model” (Sports Illustrated). Baseball Prospectus 2009 also contains cutting-edge essays on performance analysis, the likes of which have inspired twenty-nine of the thirty major league teams to hire current and former Baseball Prospectus writers and analysts as consultants. The baseball bible for fantasy players and devoted fans, Baseball Prospectus can be relied upon to once again hit it out of the park. And if you order it from Amazon it is just $13.17 and is eligible for free Super Saver Shipping! I ordered mine along with the new U2 and Neko Case CDs. That will be a fun box to open when it arrives later this week! Go ahead drewsylvania, order yours today!

Mar 02, 2009 9:52 AM on Julio Franco
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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As a loooooooooong-suffering Pirates fan I recognize the slow, micro- , incremental changes that are occuring in KC. They are all too familiar to me. Such changes give some fans a bit of hope, a tiny ray of sunshine in an otherwise dismal string of seasons. But, like here in Pittsburgh, hope for respectability is far from feeling like your hometowm team has a shot at the postseason. Let\'s not give these teams who lurch from 60 wins to 75 wins and back again too much credit.

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Just checked, Wang is listed on the Yanks depth chart. But I\'m curious, what does your comment have to do with this thread on fantasy LFs?

Feb 28, 2009 7:35 AM on Left Fielders
 
gluckschmerz
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Just curious, how does Rick Ankiel bat second but score so few runs. I like the guy to be one of the more productive LFs this season. I\'m on the Ankiel bandwagon!

Feb 27, 2009 11:24 AM on Left Fielders
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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I agree OsandMets. I completely agree...

Feb 26, 2009 6:25 PM on Record Watch
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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I read the above criticisms last night and just sloughed them off. They seemed to me quite mean spirited and petty. But, to paraphrase George Orwell, all that is necessary for good people to be defamed is for others to say nothing. BP became a destination for me some time ago and over the years Joe Sheenhan, Christina Kahrl, Nate Silver, Will Carrol and then Kevin Goldstein, Neil De Mause, Bryan Smith et al. came to be familiar voices on the screen for me. They are reasonable, civilized and sometimes sarcastic foils for those within and without the game of baseball. They take on sacred cows without setting up straw man arguments. When one visits BP we meet the sanest of commentators, and commentators most likely to place the wonderful game of baseball in its wider context of athletic history, literature, contemporary social trends and economics. When I agree with what a BP writer thinks I am gratified, and if we disagree I am likely to re-think my initial opinions and have another uneasy look at them. It\'s not that I assume that BP writiers are right and that I am wrong; it\'s just that after reading Joe Sheehan or Christina Kahrl or Will Carroll or Kevin Goldstein and others, I very often think they are perhaps more right than I am. There is one other thing about the work done here at BP: They seem to be having fun and I respect that very much.

Feb 26, 2009 11:41 AM on Record Watch
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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I hope Neal Huntington is watching...

Jan 06, 2009 1:07 PM on Pat Burrell
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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I suggest covering one lower-tier team in-depth throughout the entire season (focus on Pittsburgh or Baltimore rather than Boston or the Dodgers) to examine in detail the total team environment; who are fans, how is the food at the ballpark, the team\'s minor league system and especially the team\'s tv/radio broadcast team (since this is how fans most often connect with their teams!!). Really drill down and put an entire organization under scrutiny. Thanks Will. I hope you have a healthy and very happy New Year.

Jan 01, 2009 5:42 AM on July 23-30
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Is \"Shoeless\" Muntadhir Al-Zaidi the next international prospect to be signed by the Pirates?

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Right.... And the Pirates and Brewers can scramble for the rights to \"Shoeless\" Muntader Al-Zaidi. *sigh*

Dec 25, 2008 5:24 AM on A Holiday Surprise
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Doug Melvin et al. need to take a deep breath and relax. The Rays and the Phillies did just fine last season. If the Brewers could play defense and throw strikes they might have done a heck of a lot better too. I always root against the Yankees. Rooting for the Yankees is like rooting for Tom Cruise to get the girl...

Dec 24, 2008 6:28 AM on July 24-25, 2001
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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The Pirates are up next. Can\'t wait!!!!!

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Might be nice to collect the images of funky ballparks and cool logos somewhere online. *hint* BTW, I too stare out the window and wait for spring. But my ten yr old is getting an XBox 360 from Santa, which essentially means I get an XBox 360 from Santa too. MLB 2K8 is a nice way to bridge the gap from now \'til the World Baseball Classic in March. Halo 3 will be fun too...

Dec 18, 2008 5:18 AM on More Homers than Walks
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Salvo Chasing. Seems like GMs are quite adept at dealing with last season\'s problems.

Dec 11, 2008 4:22 AM on Moving and Shaking
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Hoo-ray Will! Hoo-ray CK!

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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John, are you based out of Beaver County these days? If so, how about a Pizza Feed some time next season at PNC Park.

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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I thought, among other things, this game would serve as a platform for a classic Sheehan rant concerning umpiring blunders.

Oct 26, 2008 1:23 PM on Speedy Endings?
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Nicely put, Joe. Perhaps my hometown Pirates might someday enjoy such a revival. Making better decisions can lead to good things. One can hope... Go Rays, go!

Oct 22, 2008 4:05 PM on June 11-17
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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I just hope the series will be as fun to watch as I hope it is. And I am really, really glad it is on TBS! Wait, Chip Caray isn\'t in the booth, is he?

Oct 10, 2008 3:04 PM on Rays versus Red Sox
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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I\'m curious, is there any reason to think that the team that won the regular season series (Rays 10-8) won\'t win the ALCS series? If the Rays were better for six months and were the better team head-to-head during the season why not now in the post season? I think they can take the Manny-less Sox in this series. I watched the Rays and the Red Sox alot this season with the MLB Extra Innings package. I subscribe to BP for their reasoned analysis, which I greatly respect and enjoy. But it seems to me that the Rays are still the better, faster, healthier team.

Oct 10, 2008 1:39 PM on Rays versus Red Sox
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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As the late great Myron Cope would say, \"Yoi! And Double Yoi!!\" It sure is tough being a baseball fan in Pittsburgh. Sigh...

Sep 16, 2008 3:36 PM on Pedro-gate Update
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Thanks for the insights. Its really great having you here at BP! If you were the arbitrator how would you rule on the matter?

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Who is worse Dave Littlefield or Ed Wade? Both seem to live in the realm of fantasy.

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Right on Peter. This Pirates fan thinks my hometown club was a bit naive.

Sep 03, 2008 6:09 PM on August 25-31
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Tabata. Tabata! TABATA! Is this the player who gives Pirates fans a thrilling rush of excitement? McClouth is a solid citizen and a solid ballplayer. Moss is too. Perhaps McCutchen is an above average player. But Tabata seems to be the thrilling ballplayer who can sell tickets and be Clemente-like is his appeal. Does he have a good arm? What is is star potential?

Sep 02, 2008 7:37 PM on Tuesday Ten Pack
 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Is that all baseball is about? Money? Who has the responsibility to do good for baseball fans? At some point it is about the fans, right? The games start too late for my 10 yr old to see even the 5th inning.... And the reason is? M. O. N. E. Y! Boras is part of the problem.

 
gluckschmerz
(20110)
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Okay, so that is the play-by-play of the \"Boras Effect\". Is it good for baseball fans? Here in Pittsburgh it sure doesn\'t seem like it.