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First Pitch: The Conflicting Reports on Justin Morneau

First Pitch: The Conflicting Reports on Justin Morneau

Earlier tonight I started getting "Morneau to the Pirates?" tweets. I had no idea where they were coming from, since none of my other Twitter columns were mentioning Morneau. I did a search and found that Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press had this opinion on Morneau.

https://twitter.com/Charley_Walters/status/369628798209105922

Justin Morneau doesn't expect to be traded.

Through the usual game of telephone, the whole part about "if" was dropped, and that tweet was translated as the Pirates being close to acquiring Morneau. Bob Pompeani mentioned the comment, which probably drew the attention of a lot of Pirates fans, but Pompeani also clearly wrote "IF" in his tweet. I'll never understand how so many people can mis-read a 140 character message, but that's another topic.

I was planning on writing about Morneau, clarifying the above that no one has said he is close to coming to Pittsburgh, and also pointing out the value he could have on the team. Then as I was getting rea...

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