Comments on: Bob Nutting Gives His Input on Several Key Off-Season Topics Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:32:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: leadoff Wed, 07 Nov 2012 20:32:00 +0000 Swisher is a gamer.

By: Lee Young Wed, 07 Nov 2012 18:18:42 +0000 Leadoff…that was my favorite part of his speech!


By: Richard Ya'Zhynka Wed, 07 Nov 2012 18:05:27 +0000 2012 Pirate “Gamers”

Alex Presley: .237 batting average, .684 OPS

Josh Harrison: .233 batting average, .624 OPS

Nate McLouth: .140 batting average, .385

I don’t care how dirty a player gets or how energetcially he jumps around in the batters box. Give me a fat catcher with a 15% walk rate, a starting pitcher with an ERA of 5.15 but an xFIP of 3.86, and a slow guy with his ears tucked under his cap who hits 30 homeruns.

By: jalcorn Wed, 07 Nov 2012 18:05:21 +0000 “The 2012 free agent market is not a strong one.”

I disagree, many are saying this because of the lack of high end talent, but between FA #5-50 there are some great values available. This is probably one of the deepest FA years in the last several. There is also the new TV money factor which makes this offseason a good one to spend before inflation hits in 2013.

By: leadoff Wed, 07 Nov 2012 17:46:11 +0000 We need to have more scouts with a strong sense of the gut, the feel that he’s a gamer, he can play, he can contribute. We need to have those pieces.

Welcome to Leadoff’s world Mr. Nutting! I am only a phone call away.
Sabermetrics be damned? It would seem that Mr. Nutting is tired of hearing about this guys UZR and that guys WAR and the multitude of other stats that Huntington fires at him. A “Gamer” is a the kind of ballplayer I will take any day over the over hyped over valued free agent. I want the guy that can hit in pitchers counts, I want the guy that wants the last out hit to him, I want the guy that steals 8 bases a year and gets thrown out once. Nobody could ever pay a player a bigger compliment than to say “You can Play”.