Rays at Pirates

Analysis

  • john.alcorn
    March 9, 2012 1:05 pm

    I’m pretty sure others agree that we’d trade any of our prospects for Harper. Attitude is overrated.

    •  I’d say it just depends on how bad the attitude is.  Sometimes the attitude can be bad enough to negatively impact the team, to act as if it doesn’t is just dumb.  Most of the time, those guys go unnoticed or are just ignored in the clubhouse.  However, a guy that brings a healthy attitude with positive leadership abilities with only average numbers can help out a team more than a guy hitting 40 HR a year who’s a jerk.

      I can’t really comment either way in regards to Harper; although sometimes he seems like a jerk.  He may not really be that way, but it doesn’t seem like he helps himself out either.  In the end, if I were the Nationals’ GM I’d really like to see Harper eat some Humble Pie before I called him up.  In fact, I think I’d rather call him after a bad month than a good one.

      I think the Pirates have done a very good job choosing good character guys.  However, if they could’ve had Harper that year, the conversations among Pirates fans about his character would really be limited to apologetic themes.  If he had still been available, he would be in the Pirate’s system right now, no doubt. 

  • salempirate
    March 9, 2012 8:06 am

    I thought Cole did a fantastic job of saying all the right things since being in camp. Attitude is important. The extra work was a bonus of sorts.

     I’m not too sure if others would agree, but the Pirates appear to have players up and down their system who are respectful and have good PR skills. No Brash Harper’s for them, but I’m sure the Bucs could grit their teeth a little in exchange for his talents.

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