A quick rundown of what’s being said about the Bucs around the Web:
On MVN’s Outsider Radio, Brandon and Dan talked about Freddy Sanchez’ 2006 (and his possible position change), whether or not the Pirates will be decent this year, Pittsburgh’s baseball sanctuary (PNC Park) and Skyblast. I even made a quick call in to provide the black and gold side of the discussion. You can listen to the show in podcast form. For those of you with cool bosses, Outsider Radio talks baseball live every Tuesday and Thursday at 1 p.m.
The Pirates made their way into an ESPN Insider chat recently (subscription required):
Justin (Brno, Czech Republic): Hi Keith, What would you do to stop the Pirates long losing season streak?
Keith Law: I think they’re in need of an overhaul. I don’t see the wave of young players they’ve produced recently getting them past the .500 mark, and after McCutchen (potential star) and Lincoln (assuming he’s not hurt for the long-term now), they don’t have much in the system.
Eddie (Hoboken, NJ): Cam Bonifay…worst GM of the past 20 years?
Keith Law: Randy Smith. Maybe Chuck Lamar, too.
Mike (State College): Are you familiar with the Bucs’ prospect Steve Pearce (1B)? Is his power for real (20+ HR at Hickory and Lynchburg) or is he playing against inferior talent?
Keith Law: It’s the inferior talent. I saw him a little in college, I don’t think he’s a big leaguer, maybe a 24th/25th guy if it works out, but his lack of a position will really hold him back.
Steve (Pittsburgh): Albert Camus or Franz Kafka? Why do the Pirates end up with so many #1 draft pick pitchers? Is it a curse, bad luck, bad development?
Keith Law: Kafka. They made some really poor selections, especially Bullington, although the story is that ownership forbade them to take Upton.
My answers: WOW! (Overhaul? What have we been doing for 14 years?), an emphatic yes, I’m intrigued by him (but I’m not a scout), Kafka and a curse.
You can find the Pirates’ Spring Training radio schedule by following this link. You’ll get your first chance to listen on the new 104.7 Thursday against the Reds; Friday’s game against the Braves is scheduled for ESPN. I hope to crank up my MLB.TV Spring Training package and live blog Thursday’s and/or Friday’s game(s) for those of you unlucky fans stuck in an office at 1:05.