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First Pitch: Are the Pirates About to Repeat a Mistake From the 2006 Season?

First Pitch: Are the Pirates About to Repeat a Mistake From the 2006 Season?

As of right now, the Pittsburgh Pirates are going into the regular season with Travis Ishikawa as part of their first base platoon. There are still three days for this to change before Opening Day. The Pirates could also try to make a move after Opening Day, with minimal damage, depending on how many games they play with Ishikawa. But the fact that they're planning on going with Ishikawa, even with the possibility of a change, gives a reminder to a bad period in recent Pirates' history.

I can't help but look at this move, as well as some of the other moves this off-season, and see shades of the 2006 Pirates. In 2006, the Pirates had Freddy Sanchez coming off a year where he hit for a .291 average and a .736 OPS in 453 at-bats as a rookie. Instead of giving Sanchez the starting third base job in 2006, the Pirates signed Joe Randa to a one year, $4 M deal. Randa was coming off a season where he had a .256 average and a .698 OPS in 223 at-bats. That wasn't the only move the Pirates mad...

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