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Bay Watch 9-16-05  View Printable Version 
by Stephen Zielinski

Jason Bay is a pretty good player, isn’t he? He’s been so good this season that he’s taken the place of Brian Giles as the most underrated player in Major League Baseball.

(I wish I had a dollar for every time someone has referred to Jason Bay with the title I’ve given to this article!)


It’s not at all difficult to prove my claim. Consider, Bay’s ranking among all major leaguers when we measure their offensive production with the Value Over Replacement Player (VORP) metric.

The race to the top (bottom) 9-15-05  View Printable Version 
by Stephen Zielinski

Dumping Lloyd McClendon for Pete Mackanin and Dave Littlefield did nothing to reverse the Pirates’ downward slide in 2005. In fact, the change quickened the team’s descent. The Pirates currently project to end the season with a 64-98 (.396) record. They ought to have another chance to draft an impact player because of their recent play.

Surprise, surprise: Captain Blood’s crew strikes again! 9-12-05  View Printable Version 
by Stephen Zielinski

Gee a Cardinal pitcher — Crazy Julian Tavarez — bounces a pitch off Mike Piazza’s head. How could that have happened? Isn’t Tavarez a sinkerball pitcher with excellent command of his pitches? Hasn’t La Russa shown concern for the welfare of his players? I wonder if McClendon feels vindicated because of this?


Unsurprisingly, Piazza was seething, according to one report, and seems unwilling to put the incident behind him, according to another report:

Recent observations VIII 9-5-05  View Printable Version 
by Stephen Zielinski

Every so often I’ll write a few pertinent — or useless — comments for the Front Page. It keeps me out of trouble. The eighth installment:


This one has been a bit rushed, as one might expect given the fact that the Pirates have just sacked McClendon.

9.5.2005

It’s Labor Day! Do we know where our Pirates are?

Well, we certainly know that they aren’t playing baseball today at PNC!

Recent observations VII 9-4-05  View Printable Version 

By Stephen Zielinski

Every so often I’ll write a few pertinent — or useless — comments for the Front Page. It keeps me out of trouble. The seventh installment:


The Pirates current record

Things haven’t been looking good for McClendon’s boys. The 2005 Pirates have lost twelve of their last sixteen games. They have already tallied three months in which they won less than 40% of their games. They had another month with a .407 winning percentage. They exceeded the .500 line only once this season (May). In fact, McClendon’s 2005 squad has played so poorly that the Pirates are now vying with the Devil Rays and the Rockies for second pick in the 2006 Draft, as shown by the following table.

King Felix (Addendum) 8-20-05  View Printable Version 

by Stephen Zielinski

King Felix Hernandez of the Mariners pitches again tonight (Saturday, August 20, 2005). Don’t miss the spectacle if you can manage it. It’s worth watching.


Felix Hernandez. He’s a callow 19 year old rookie. But, he’s not an ordinary rookie. His fastball sits at 97 mph. He supplement’s his fastball with a plus curveball and changeup. He’s also developing a slider which should become yet another plus pitch. (The Mariners told him to shelve the slider while he was in the low minors, for fear that he might injure his arm!) Hernandez was Baseball America’s number two prospect before the season began. Oh, and he throws strikes.

Recent observations VI 8-13-05  View Printable Version 

Every so often I’ll write a few pertinent — or useless — comments for the Front Page. It keeps me out of trouble. The sixth installment:


Quack Mac

Dejan Kovacevic reported:

Bay is 13 for 13 in stolen bases this season, and his streak of 14 — including one at the end of last season — is the longest active run in the majors. Two weeks ago, McClendon made Bay the only player on the team with a green light to steal when he wishes. Lawton had been the only player with that designation before being traded July 31.

John Perrotto’s hatchet job on Ian Snell 8-8-05  View Printable Version 
By Stephen Zielinski

In this article I take a critical look at a John Perrotto piece published in the August 8, 2005 Beaver County and Allegheny Times. The title I’ve chosen indicates the subject matter and the mood in which the article was written.


John Perrotto has been a reliable reporter. He’s also been a friend of the fans. He has proven his worth over the years. But, he did the fans a disservice in his most recent article on the Pirates, ‘Snell shelled by L.A,’ Beaver County and Allegheny Times, August 8, 2005. I also believe he failed to do a good job as a reporter.

Some recent observations V 7-30-05  View Printable Version 

By Stephen Zielinski

Every so often I’ll write a few pertinent — or useless — comments for the Front Page. Doing so keeps me out of trouble. The fifth installment:



An ‘easy to get right’ prediction I

Since the Pirates will dump salary at the trading deadline, we who follow the rumor trails have often had an opportunity to read something like the following:

A call to fire McClendon 7-20-05  View Printable Version 
By Stephen Zielinski

Taking my cue from Justice Potter Stewart’s famous but ultimately futile effort to denote obscenity in court=us&vol=378&invol=184"> Jacobellis v. Ohio, 378 U.S. 184 (1964),

It’s time.