Comments on: First Pitch: Will a Garrett Jones/Gaby Sanchez Platoon Work? Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 01:26:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Kirk Weaver Wed, 02 Jan 2013 18:23:40 +0000 If this truly is the lineup more often then not I could live with it as long as Hurdle is bright enough to space the LHH. Can you imagine Jones ,Alvarez and Snider (in that order)facing some of the LHP out of the pen that the Reds, Cards will throw out there late in a close game? Game over!!
Snider Tabata
Walker Walker
McCutchen McCutchen
Alvarez or Jones Alvarez
Marte Sanchez
Jones or Alvarez Marte
Martin Martin
Barmes Barmes

By: Mark Busch Sun, 30 Dec 2012 17:10:26 +0000 Tim –

You mentioned that platoon players – especially the guy who hits lefties – don’t get a ton of ABs, so their numbers may be skewed based on small sample sizes. But do you also think it is more difficult to put up your career numbers when you are getting a limited number of at bats, like it is difficult to get into that rhythm?

By: Rick Peluso Sun, 30 Dec 2012 07:55:22 +0000 Going off Napoli’s recent deal,13 MM/year for a backup catcher in Pittsburgh…..yeah that will happen, not to mention that Napoli might want to be a starter. And if Hanrahan and Holt couldn’t even return Boston’s all glove no bat SS Iglesias I’m pretty sure we won’t get a “shortstop real prospect” for a backup catcher and GI, even at his peak value.
By the way, you don’t carry a player to be a situational pinch runner, you just don’t. Do not be critical of Hurdle for avoiding those moves, d’Arnaud will make it to Pittsburgh if he figures it out with the bat and glove not because he can steal bases.

By: leadoff Sun, 30 Dec 2012 01:32:39 +0000 I still think there will be more moves IMO, the lineup still needs a leadoff hitter.

By: Steve Zielinski Sun, 30 Dec 2012 00:35:25 +0000 6. Snider/Tabata

Especially if Tabata arrives in camp in better condition and better able to hit than he did last season.

By: piratemike Sat, 29 Dec 2012 23:41:33 +0000 sorry,,,,contnue….Then he should be made to answer to NH more than I just had a hunch to play this guy.

By: piratemike Sat, 29 Dec 2012 23:34:59 +0000 I understand that a GM isn’t going to hover over a mgr’s shoulder and make out a batting order every day.
What I am talking about is that they must have meetings and discusions about the roster and how those players are going to be used. If Hurdle has a problem with a player on the roster and doesn’t want to use him the way he was brought on board for then those problems should be worked out before the season starts.
If Hurdle isn’t using Sanchez the way he is supposed to be used after the meetings and discusions

By: johnrussellskinner Sat, 29 Dec 2012 21:55:31 +0000 All in all the order looks much better than the previous 2 years. You can see the progress being made in my opinion. Just please keep Jones!

1. Marte
2. Walker
3. McCutchen
4. Jones/Sanchez
5, Alvarez
6. Snider
7. Martin
8. Barmes


1. Burnette
2. Rodriguez
3. McDonald
4. Liriano
5. Locke/McPherson

By: leadoff Sat, 29 Dec 2012 20:54:53 +0000 Most GM’s don’t supervise in game activity. I did hear Huntington say that he does not tell the manager who to play.

By: piratemike Sat, 29 Dec 2012 18:35:22 +0000 Why does a GM go through the trouble to assemble a team then allow the manager to disregard what had to be a team concept that everybody had to be on board with?
I like Hurdles personality but his use of players and game strategy sucks.
A strong GM shouldn’t allow that crap to go on or should have done a better job vetting Hurdle.