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Is it the manager’s fault?

Is it the manager’s fault?

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Ronny Cedeno is at the plate in an important situation. Already in a two-strike count, he waves at a pitch that bounces a foot in front of home plate and six inches outside. Inning over. Somewhere on the internet, a message board commenter wonders exactly what hitting coach Don Long is teaching his players.

Lastings Milledge is on second base after leading off an inning with a double, and the Pirates appear to have something cooking. The next batter hits a two-hopper directly to the shortstop and Milledge takes off for third. He is easily thrown out. After the game, an exasperated fan calls the local radio station and asserts that John Russell has clearly lost this team.

Jeff Karstens starts an at-bat by throwing back-to-back strikes. His third pitch drifts over the middle of the plate and is hammered into the right field bleachers for a solo home run. Somewhere in Pittsburgh, somebody blames Joe Kerrigan.

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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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