Comments on: Hague Looking to Hit His Way to Pittsburgh Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:45:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Kristy Robinson Sat, 24 Mar 2012 18:15:00 +0000 Please be respectful of players in the future or I’ll delete your comments. I realize he’s struggling, and Hague is playing really well. It’s frustrating for fans, I get it. but I also don’t like rude comments on my stories. Thanks. 

By: Kristy Robinson Sat, 24 Mar 2012 18:12:00 +0000 It’s because they already have a plan in place: Jones/McGehee at first, Alvarez/McGehee at third. If those don’t work out, Hague will see more playing time. And also if he keeps hitting. He will break in as utlity, but that doesn’t mean he wont force his way into a starting role. Let him get an AB first, and see where the rest takes him. 

By: Paul Sat, 24 Mar 2012 15:27:00 +0000 We have a player…..

1) who can play 3rd BASE
2) who can hit for a decent AVERAGE
3) who has developing POWER

Then why do we continue to play these useless games with PEDRO ?????

Give Hague a chance. If he fails miserably we still have McGehee to fall back on. And if that don’t work we continue the Pedro soap opera.

Pedro needs to get his head out of HIS or Boras’ ASS
We need to send him to AAA or even AA to get his whole package straightened out.
His Head, His swing, His stance, His pitch recognition…all are a mess right now.
Better yet, Let’s send him back to Vanderbilt. Maybe working with his old batting coach there will help him see the LIGHT.

Speaking of light…..Pedro, the light you see coming towards you from the Liberty Tubes …
IS… incoming train. All of Bucco Nation is DESPERATELY praying that you find a way to get ON that train. IF you don’t, I’m afraid it will drag you away to God knows where.

John, I was thinking the same thing. I remember that light hitting catcher who converted to 3rd base. He was always just not GOOD ENOUGH…But he just kept working and working. Turns out that he’s not that bad a 2nd basemen after all.

By: John Toperzer Sat, 24 Mar 2012 01:16:00 +0000 Shhhhh. Let Hague come up as a backup to the corner infielders, as per Neal Huntington, just like he said about our starting second baseman. That worked out okay, in spite of things.

By: Brian Bernard Fri, 23 Mar 2012 23:38:00 +0000 Leadoff,
I couldn’t agree more. I happen to like Jones, but consistency is the money maker at the big leagues and Jones has not shown that ability. McGehee is clearly a superior player to Alvarez AT THIS POINT, although I refuse to give up on him – he needs to develop – plain and simple at AAA.
Hauge has been “fairly” consistent – his average has been solid, with some month to month swings up and down – however he seems to be doing something this spring… showing some growth, and ability to let his power play. How he comes out of this spring without WINNING the 1B job is frankly a real disappointment in the ability of the FO to reward players for delivering. Jones is still a great player to have on the bench.
It’s time for Matt Hauge to have his shot – and see where it goes.

By: leadoff Fri, 23 Mar 2012 19:53:00 +0000 The Pirates are saying he has to break in as a utility player, but no real explanation as to why he has to be a utility player. Is this the plan from now on with AAA players? they have to be utility players no matter what!  Is Marte going to have to back someone up to get here? If they are better IMO, they have to play.

By: Kristy Robinson Fri, 23 Mar 2012 19:39:00 +0000 That’s not to say he can’t be an everyday player in the future. He may have to break in as an utility player. But if he keeps hitting like he has this spring, and throughout his minor league career, he will get everyday playing time. 

By: leadoff Fri, 23 Mar 2012 19:02:00 +0000 For some reason the Pirates want Hague to be a utility player, much like Walker, they don’t have anyone at first base that can hit better than Hague or play first base any better, but it looks like the first base combo will have to be a bust or an injury before they bring Hague up, this idea that he has to be able to play 3 positions is stupid, did McCutchen have too? Sometimes you have to throw the projections out the window on a player and let him tell you what he can or can’t do by playing him. They brought him up through the farm the right way and now they don’t’ seem to want what they have.

By: Nate Fri, 23 Mar 2012 17:24:00 +0000 I totally agree with that.  Let McG play 3rd and let Jones and Hague take 1st.  Let Alvarez down until he’s raking consistently…not a 3 game stretch.

I like the idea of AP, Cutch, and Tabata running crazy on the bases with a hitting machine like Hague behind them.  With their speed they should provide many opportunities for Matt to drive in runs.  Its a much better option than Pedro or Jones whiffing with 2 on and 1 out.  Let Walker or McG bat 5th. 

By: sstauffer5 Fri, 23 Mar 2012 15:29:00 +0000 Alvarez batting .133 with 13Ks in 30 ABs.  Do we have a choice but to play McGahee at 3rd, Jones at 1st, and let Hague platoon at those positions and PH.  Alvarez needs to go down and get himself righted.