Fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates were concerned about the lack of off season moves to address the poor production from the first base position. Many might be inclined to call what has happened thus far in Spring Training a small sample size, but you know better. Just trust your eyes.
The powerful New York Yankees couldn’t keep any of the Pirates first baseman off the base paths yesterday. Gaby Sanchez walked and had a solid knock in his other at-bat. Chris McGuiness had two hits including the game winning RBI that was ripped off Yanks SS Addison Maruszak. You don’t think McGuiness hit the ball hard? Check out Maruszak’s tweet after the game!
You do realize how many World Championships the Yankees have won right? I hate to piss all over those people that ridiculed the Bucs offseason, but just look at the box score. Look at it!
I also hate to be the bearer of good news, especially when hope springs eternal at this time of the year, but the Pirates have too many first base options. It’s pretty obvious isn’t it? How will Clint Hurdle manage the playing time and keep everyone happy?
Many of you will scoff and simply put it off as one meaningless Spring Training game. Clint Hurdle has something to tell you. These games matter! It seems apparent that the reigning National League Manager of the Year made it a mission to have his players ready to play from day one. Everyone in Major League Baseball talks about getting off to a fast start. Hurdle doesn’t talk…he does.
Obviously, the Pirates players are buying into Hurdle’s message for the 2014 season. It’s all about NOW.
And right now, the Pirates have too many talented, on base machines playing first base. Neal Huntington needs to get on the phone and get a deal done. How many times will Pedro Alvarez be allowed to go 0-for-3 before Josh Harrison gets a start at the hot corner? Look, write this down, don’t be at all surprised to see JHay in the lineup today when the Bucs travel to Tampa to break the Yankees hearts again. Write. It. Down.