Three Thoughts on Our Developing Rotation

Three Thoughts on Our Developing Rotation

An off-topic comment a few days ago led to this post. I've been neglecting talk of the rotation as of late, instead writing about the plot lines surrounding the bats, bench and bullpen.
This morning that changes.
If you've read or listened to an interview of Dave Littlefield recently, you've likely noticed a reference to the fact that the Pirates' rotation is entirely homegrown. Ian Snell, Tom Gorzelanny, Paul Maholm, Zach Duke and John Van Benschoten were all drafted and developed by Pittsburgh. Furthermore, of the candidates for a start should one of those five falter, two more---Bryan Bullington and Sean Burnett---are also products of the farm system.
I'm not sure what to make of it. Are we supposed to be impressed?
It's heartwarming to think that should any five of those seven starte...

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Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.

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