Rum Bunter Radio: Pittsburgh Pirates Offseason Preview with Michael Mckenry

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Former Pittsburgh Pirates catcher and current TV analyst Michael McKenry once again joins the Rum Butner Radio crew as Michael and the RBR crew discuss what the Winter Meetings and this upcoming offseason could have in store for the Pirates.

December is here, meaning the 2020 MLB Winter Meetings are right around the corner. In this episode of Rum Bunter Radio the crew welcomes back regular guest, former Pittsburgh Pirates catcher and current AT&T Sports analyst Michael Mckenry.

As the offseason continues to heat up, more news breaks each week surrounding moves the Pittsburgh Pirates have made and moves that could be made soon. To begin the show Michael gives his thoughts on the designations of veterans Trevor Williams and Jose Osuna. He details their legacy in Pittsburgh and why these moves had to be made.

As the show rolls on the crew jumps into a conversation about the upcoming Rule 5 Draft, and what the Pittsburgh Pirates plan on doing with their number one overall pick.

After a silent trade deadline in July for the Pirates, fans are eager for moves to be made. Which moves are right? And which moves truly set Pittsburgh up for future success? Michael and the guys talk about potential free agent signees and what strategy the Pirates will look to use leading up to Spring Training.

The Hall of Fame ballot discussions get red hot this time of the year. With three Pirates being nominated for Cooperstown, there is a chance black and gold enters the hall once again this season. When one of the three is Barry Bonds though, things get a little dicey.

Should Barry Bonds finally be let into the Hall of Fame? The guys break it down, leading to a discussion on what is right and wrong when it comes to PEDs and the game of baseball, and how much this has changed over the years. With so many new supplements more rules and regulations are bound to come, but what will this look like?

Batten down the hatches, clear the decks and enjoy this week’s episode of Rum Bunter Radio.

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