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Bob.Gregg.WJPA.Radio

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Pirates Off-Season 2018 to 2019
« on: October 01, 2018, 04:37:18 PM »

Here we go, again. These guys are NOT the offensive approach problem with the Pittsburgh Pirates. #CanClintNow

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced that Hitting Coach Jeff Branson and Assistant Hitting Coach Jeff Livesey will not be returning as Major League Coaches in 2019. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington and Manager Clint Hurdle.

Both Branson and Livesey spent the last five years with the Major League club (2014-2018). “We appreciate all of the time, energy and effort that Jeff and Jeff put into the team,” said Huntington. “Both are high-character, hard-working, good baseball men. We felt that this was the right time to take our Major League hitting program in a different direction.”

No additional changes to the Major League coaching staff are expected.
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Re: Pirates Off-Season 2018 to 2019
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2018, 04:48:36 PM »

We felt that this was the right time to take our Major League hitting program in a different direction.”

I would hope they will take the hitting into another direction.  Maybe getting that great 'hitting guru' Clint to shut up about playing 'wack a doodle' and find someone that knows about hitting.
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Re: Pirates Off-Season 2018 to 2019
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2018, 05:56:19 PM »

I actuallly hope they promote somebody from the minors. Often times I think guys come up here with much better approaches than they have after they’ve been around awhile.
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Re: Pirates Off-Season 2018 to 2019
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2018, 12:02:00 AM »

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/10/progress-report-last-winters-richest-contracts.html

Here’s a run down on last year’s free agent class. By my count three of them really performed well. Martinez, Cain and Davis. The rest were average to below average contributors. Buyer beware in free agency.
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Re: Pirates Off-Season 2018 to 2019
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2018, 09:19:24 AM »

I will say Nutting and the Pirates are cheap in one sense. Terror Cole is apparently telling anybody who will listen that the Pirates don’t allow pitchers to throw curveballs because they don’t want to pay for strikeouts. I buy that and it is a problem.
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Re: Pirates Off-Season 2018 to 2019
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2018, 07:43:38 AM »

While that is in the realm of possibility keep in mind that they did go out and acquire Archer, a "strikeout guy."

I would think that would be managerial strategy  (wanting ground balls) not Nutting. But that's just my opinion without knowing anything other than the context of your post
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Re: Pirates Off-Season 2018 to 2019
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2018, 11:37:07 AM »

Well Archer is under contract for 3 more years. The cost is fixed no matter how many strikeouts he gets.

Arbitration salaries are determined through a number of stats and strikeouts are definitely one of them.
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Re: Pirates Off-Season 2018 to 2019
« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2018, 04:14:20 PM »

Saw this on MSN today:

According to twitter reports, the Pirates will decline their 2019 options on infielders Josh Harrison and Jung-Ho Kang. The Pirates have made it clear they’d like to retain Kang’s services, but their unwillingness to pay $250,000 less than they were willing to pay for Sean Rodriguez raises doubts that they’ll be able to do so.

Harrison almost certainly won’t be back. In all or parts of eight seasons with the Pirates, he posted a batting line of 277/317/408. His best season was 2014, when he batted 315/347/490 and made the All-Star team for the first of two times. His worst season as a regular came this year, when he hit 250/293/363.
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Re: Pirates Off-Season 2018 to 2019
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2018, 12:18:04 PM »

two items of note that i am surprised wasnt talked about here yet:

Rick Eckstein was named the hitting coach. He is the brother of former MLB player David Eckstein.  He was the Nationals hitting coach for 5 years about a decade ago.  as noted by others, I am not sure this will make a big difference in the whole scheme of things.

Corey Dickerson has won the NL LF Gold Glove.  He won over the Braves Adam Duvall and the favorite Brewers Christian Yelich. Dickerson when aquired was considered a liability as a fielder.  He never seemed to do anything spectacular but was just steady and played smart. 
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Re: Pirates Off-Season 2018 to 2019
« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2018, 09:27:48 AM »

Pirates resign KANG to a 1 year contract.
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Re: Pirates Off-Season 2018 to 2019
« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2018, 09:33:23 AM »

The Pittsburgh Pirates today signed free agent infielder Jung Ho Kang to a one-year contract for the 2019 season. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington. “We appreciate Jung Ho’s hard work to get back to being a productive Major League player, while continuing to handle himself appropriately off the field,” said Huntington. “We feel that bringing Jung Ho back in 2019 will make us better as he will have the ability to make a positive impact on our lineup. Competition and options are important to any organization and this signing provides us with both.” The 31-year-old Kang went 2-for-6 in three games with the Pirates this past September after returning from the MLB Restricted List and then the Disabled List. Kang played nine seasons in the Korean Baseball Organization (2006-2014) before signing a four-year contract with the Pirates on January 16, 2015. He finished third in the voting for N.L. Rookie-of-the-Year in 2015 after hitting .287 with 15 home runs and 58 RBI in 126 games. He hit .255 with 21 homers and 62 RBI in 103 games in 2016.
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