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First Pitch: Why Do Bad Pirates Hitters Become All-Stars Elsewhere?

First Pitch: Why Do Bad Pirates Hitters Become All-Stars Elsewhere?

The Pirates have been frustrating lately. The offense has struggled, losing a lot of close games, and failing to come up with runs in situations where at least one run should be expected. What might be even more frustrating is looking around the league and seeing former Pirates having success at the plate, despite struggling in Pittsburgh similar to the way the Pirates are struggling right now. Consider these four players, who all play a position of need, all played for the Pirates in recent years, all struggled with the Pirates, and would all serve as huge upgrades this year with their current numbers on other teams.

Nate McLouth - He was absolutely horrible with the Pirates this year. He hit for a .140/.210/.175 line in 57 at-bats with the Pirates, and his defense wasn't really making up for that. McLouth signed with the Orioles, and now it seems like every time you watch highlights, he's making a difference for the team. He currently has a .279/.350/.418 line in 122 at-bats, and ...

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