Comments on: First Pitch: Mark Melancon and Remembering When Joel Hanrahan Was a Throw In http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/12/first-pitch-mark-melancon-and-remembering-when-joel-hanrahan-was-a-throw-in.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Wed, 28 May 2014 16:48:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 By: michaelbro8 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/12/first-pitch-mark-melancon-and-remembering-when-joel-hanrahan-was-a-throw-in.html#comment-23312 Thu, 27 Dec 2012 01:04:41 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=45205#comment-23312 Agreed. Every year there are 1 to 3 teams that don’t make the post-season specifically because of their closer’s failure. A successful closer takes a specific mentality that’s hard to find.

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By: Rebel http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/12/first-pitch-mark-melancon-and-remembering-when-joel-hanrahan-was-a-throw-in.html#comment-23271 Wed, 26 Dec 2012 16:53:01 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=45205#comment-23271 Relievers are easy to find?? Tell that to half the league. Have you checked bullpen ERA’s lately??

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By: genealley http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/12/first-pitch-mark-melancon-and-remembering-when-joel-hanrahan-was-a-throw-in.html#comment-23270 Wed, 26 Dec 2012 13:26:02 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=45205#comment-23270 Melancon’s only problem last year was April, when he had an ERA of 49.00 and gave up 5 of the 8 HRs that he allowed in 2012. He was very solid in 2010-2011. This is a good trade if Melancon is included and the Buc to be named isn’t Jones or Snider. Closers are overvalued and it seems like the RedSox are the last to know.

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/12/first-pitch-mark-melancon-and-remembering-when-joel-hanrahan-was-a-throw-in.html#comment-23269 Wed, 26 Dec 2012 02:17:10 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=45205#comment-23269 Hopefully, you’re not comparing PG Plus to the Trib, but maybe Bob Smizik’s site?

PG Plus is fairly civilized and erudite……except when they’re not!

Plus Foo

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/12/first-pitch-mark-melancon-and-remembering-when-joel-hanrahan-was-a-throw-in.html#comment-23268 Wed, 26 Dec 2012 02:15:40 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=45205#comment-23268 I dunno….relievers are easy to find. I love Hanny, but I ain’t losing any sleep over him leaving.

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By: Rebel http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/12/first-pitch-mark-melancon-and-remembering-when-joel-hanrahan-was-a-throw-in.html#comment-23267 Tue, 25 Dec 2012 21:01:17 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=45205#comment-23267 Agree Lee on Barmes. And yes when you’re Walmart shopping you get what you pay for. But there are some good quality deals at wal mart.
It just seems when we get a good player and Neil does deserve credit far more than we all give him. But we have a closer that saves 40 games. We have jones who has been a 20 plus home run type in the line up. Why when we finally get them do why do we end sending them off for pieces that apparently are reclamation projects? Someone above stated he’d rather get one good player as opposed to 3-4 we need to be lucky on. Exactly! Tim has more faith in Grilli than Hanrahan based on aug sept numbers. I have more faith as apparently does Boston and the most of baseball in Hanrahan over Grilli based on the few teams that were bidding on Grilli as the set up reliever. Had anyone thought he was a closer they’d put the money down accordingly. Nobody believes Grilli can close besides Neil and maybe The Tim guy. We need Kristy back giving real accurate ML insight as opposed to the Tim guy. He’s all about WAR Merry Christmas pirate fans!!

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By: buster09 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/12/first-pitch-mark-melancon-and-remembering-when-joel-hanrahan-was-a-throw-in.html#comment-23266 Tue, 25 Dec 2012 20:21:35 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=45205#comment-23266 Gee,I have been visiting this site for quite some time,but from some of the comments the last few days,I think I might have bumped my head and went to the PG or the Trib !

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/12/first-pitch-mark-melancon-and-remembering-when-joel-hanrahan-was-a-throw-in.html#comment-23265 Tue, 25 Dec 2012 16:21:46 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=45205#comment-23265 I didn’t get my P2 Prospects Guide in time for Christmas. I guess I’ll have to read my “Pearls B4 Swine” treasury instead.

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/12/first-pitch-mark-melancon-and-remembering-when-joel-hanrahan-was-a-throw-in.html#comment-23264 Tue, 25 Dec 2012 16:20:55 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=45205#comment-23264 Well, when you’re forced to shop at the Walmart of Free Agents, it gets much harder to ‘hit’ on one. You get what you pay for. And, most of those were added as fill ins. We have never been able to buy any of the Big Ones.

I have a good feeling about Martin….not so much about Liriano.

Btw, wasn’t Barmes a free agent? He wasn’t bad after his horrible April / May he did fairly well. He hit .271/.267 in Aug/Sept (.258 in the 2nd half, . AND, his defense was VERY good.

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By: Rebel http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/12/first-pitch-mark-melancon-and-remembering-when-joel-hanrahan-was-a-throw-in.html#comment-23263 Tue, 25 Dec 2012 16:13:18 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=45205#comment-23263 Lol another rebel??

Bob is right though. Neil has claimed so many pitchers off the scrap heap and a few have worked out.

Has he hit on any free agents?? That money wasted does nothing but show he can’t evaluate ML talent on the free agent market.

The pirates front office is like that dog you see chasing its own tail. It’s a cycle you can’t win with no end in sight.

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