Pittsburgh Pirates Podcast: Oneil Cruz Optioned to Triple-A

Oct 2, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz (61) runs the bases on his way to scoring a run against the Cincinnati Reds during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 2, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz (61) runs the bases on his way to scoring a run against the Cincinnati Reds during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jason Mackey once again joins the Rum Bunter Radio crew to discuss the Pittsburgh Pirates optioning Oneil Cruz to Triple-A to start the season and more

To this point, now just one week away from the start of the Major League Baseball season, 2022 has been all but regular. How have the months of lockout leading up to this season affected the way things will look when the Pittsburgh Pirates begin play on Thursday?

Regardless of any odd Spring Training or irregular offseason, one young Pittsburgh Pirate, Oneil Cruz, has proved that he is more than ready for his permanent call up to the big league level.

As Pirates fans began their Tuesday afternoon, they realized Pittsburgh’s front office had a different opinion on how Cruz’ service time should be managed.

As the episode opens, Mackey shares his thoughts on Oneil Cruz triple A assignment. What was the final factor in this decision? How long until we see Cruz make his season debut? Will this completely eliminate him from rookie of the year contention?

After the guys finish the discussion of the Oneil Cruz travesty, the conversation shifts back to the remaining players in Bradenton.

Jason gives his full Bradenton update, and gets the crew revved up with his thoughts on Mitch Keller, and what’s in store for his 2022.

Before Jason wraps up his time on the show, he shares his thoughts on the upcoming season as a whole.

Which position group is the most intriguing? One could argue the outfield with so many different candidates.

Although, Jason highlights a position group that may have its ups and downs throughout the season, but will certainly have a new look come August.

To close out the episode Marty and Trey stick around to quickly preview several other position groups, and the end of Spring Training.

Batten down the hatches, clear the decks and enjoy episode 81 of Rum Bunter Radio!

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