Comments on: First Pitch: The Dismal Tide Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 20:16:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: John Lease Mon, 17 Sep 2012 22:27:00 +0000 That Vandenhurk, lucky thing he was added to the 40 man roster. I mean suckitude like that is hard to find.

By: John Lease Mon, 17 Sep 2012 22:26:00 +0000 By all means, let’s dust off a spot in Cooperstown for him. And hey Rob, he’s hitting .500 when he isn’t starting! So, he can be the secret weapon off the bench! Whoo hoo! Barmes is part of the SOLUTION! He’s GREAT! And Mr. Lang, that .255 isn’t supported by facts, but who cares? It feels good, and he DID have 2 seasons as a regular, or near regular where he hit OVER .255, .289 in 2005, and ,290 in 2008! Of course, those were both with the Rockies, but hey, he is CLINT BARMES! Those 5 other seasons as a regular, or near regular, .220, .245, .235, .244 and .226. Who cares if the last 4 are his last 4 seasons? He’s on FIRE in September! He’ll be well worth the $5.5 million next year, hopefully they can re-sign him to an even longer term deal for more money. It’s good to invest in aging, declining never weres.

By: F Lang Mon, 17 Sep 2012 19:33:00 +0000 I get sick of managers managing the way the game “has always been played.” Bunting a guy from 2nd to third makes me crazy. He is already in scoring position! Quit wasting outs! It would be different if we had a high team average or OBP but we can’t afford to waste outs. Also, someone should be fired for our stolen base percentage alone. It is unacceptable…and the just giving up and letting guys steal is downright embarassing. It has to be demoralizing for the players. Watch the Cardinals…sure they have a great throwing catcher but they will almost never concede a guy to 2nd…they make you work for it all the time…as it should be. Barring a total continued collapse we have moved forward this year but there are some major glaring issues that have to be addressed. Some of the things I just mentioned are laughable for a major league franchise to be doing….and i am usually one of the positive people.

By: F Lang Mon, 17 Sep 2012 19:28:00 +0000 Barmes is signed through next year. He will be the SS unless someone beats him out. I agree, he has played dead on his career averages since June and the defense is very good. Despite everything he is still at a 0.9 WAR this season. If he can correct the poor plate discipline he will be the same .255/10HR guy he has always been.

By: Tacho Bill Mon, 17 Sep 2012 17:25:00 +0000 Vandenhurk? Hughes? Qualls? Who could not succeed with such talent? It’s like the bullpen version of Murderer’s Row.

By: Rob Mon, 17 Sep 2012 15:48:00 +0000 Here are some interesting Barmes offensive numbers for you:
Month Avg. OPS.
April .149 .469
May .189 .462
June .247 .632
July .233 .537
Aug .271 .672
Sept .281 .817
I think if he could take away April & May, we may keep him.
If my choice was either Barmes or Barajas, I will keep Barmes.
Play McKenry and bring up Sanchez to see what he can do defensively and in a backup role.

By: Rob Mon, 17 Sep 2012 15:43:00 +0000 How about bringing back Jimmy Leyland?
Tiger fans are growing tired of him and he still lives in Pittsburgh!

By: Rob Mon, 17 Sep 2012 15:35:00 +0000 I think Van Slyke could manage the clubhouse as well as Hurdle.
Remember him during his playing days? Always gave 100% and ALWAYS remembered that this is a game and he stayed loose.
That is a big problem we have. We tighten up and do not perform.
I felt sorry for VanderHurk and Hughes yesterday when I saw them in the dugout. Especially Hughes. He has really pitched well for us, then he has to deal with that jerk Phillips and Hurdle tossing him into the fire. All in his rookie year. I know he is a paid professional, but he pitched 11 innings last year and is currently at 71.2 this year.

By: Tim Williams Mon, 17 Sep 2012 15:26:00 +0000 Barmes was 2-for-3 with a walk when they pinch hit for him.

By: John Lease Mon, 17 Sep 2012 15:21:00 +0000 Good thing Barmes played, his UZR kept the game close.