When I read Dejan Kovacevic's column on the Navy SEAL training last night, my initial reaction was "someone is getting fired". Between the team's horrible play at the major league level, and now this news coming out complete with Kyle Stark's e-mail, it was the perfect recipe for a full day of "Look at how the Pirates have collapsed in the second half...and while we're at it, take a look at the joke they are in the minors."
That's pretty much what happened today. Yahoo picked up the story. Then Deadspin, CBS, and other outlets. If you Google "Hell's Angels", the fifth article that comes up is about this situation. All of the articles were pretty much the same. It was a regurgitation of Kovacevic's original article, with their own "this is crazy!" input added between the quotes. Only Jeff Passan in the Yahoo link added more to the story, most notably when he mentioned that Jameson Taillon had previously been injured in a similar extreme training drill (we'll get to that later).
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.