A lot has been made about Starling Marte's excellent Spring Training. After going 1-for-1 yesterday with a bunt single, he has a .520 batting average and three homers in 25 at-bats. The Pirates continue to say that Marte won't break camp with the team. That has some people pointing to the Spring Training numbers, ignoring his zero at-bats in AAA, and asking why.
It's a very legitimate question. The Pirates should absolutely make a decision on Marte's future based on this small sample size of at-bats in meaningless games. Want more proof? Here you go.
**Remember how good Lyle Overbay was for the Pirates last year? He anchored the first base position, led the offense through the first four months of the season, and when the trade deadline came the Pirates weren't looking for a replacement ...
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