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First Pitch: Why Charlie Morton Belongs in the Pirates Rotation

First Pitch: Why Charlie Morton Belongs in the Pirates Rotation

Charlie Morton is one of the best five starters for the Pirates rotation.

When it comes to any player in the majors, you're going to get a variety of opinions. You're going to get different opinions on how good a player actually is, and in some cases you'll have a debate over whether the player is even good at all. There's one player on the Pirates pitching staff who draws the biggest split in opinions, and that is Charlie Morton.

There are a lot of people who don't like Morton, and have no intention of changing their opinion of him. All year I've heard from these people on a regular basis. When Morton was coming back, the comments were stating that he shouldn't be in the rotation or even on the team. When Morton came back, it was that he should be the first person bumped from the rotation, rather than Gerrit Cole, when everyone was healthy (and the Pirates never got everyone healthy, so that ended up being a useless debate). And now that Jeanmar Gomez is in the bullpen, and Bran...

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