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Milledge showing on-field maturity

Milledge showing on-field maturity

When the Pirates acquired Lastings Milledge last June, most of the trepidation expressed by fans and members of the media focused on his poor off-the-field reputation. This was particularly concerning to some because he was traded for Nyjer Morgan, who was known to have a very positive impact in the locker room. Personally, I felt that many of Milledge’s issues had probably been exaggerated to some degree. I was chiefly worried about baseball-related issues, namely his poor defense and free-swinging ways at the plate.

Milledge was a model citizen after the trade last year and he has taken that to new heights in 2010. His hustle on the field has been borderline ridiculous, including all-out sprints on routine pop-ups. All reports indicate that he has attacked every day at the park with extreme enthusiasm. That sort of passion can be very valuable in a sport like football, but it can be detrimental in the game of baseball. While it is obviously beneficial to play with passion, it...

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Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.

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