Pitt was doing well enough in the tournament, I did not want to jinx them with my posting. Call it my superstitious side, call it the baseball player in me reemerging. Call it whatever you will, I had to step back from the keyboard for a couple days, and they won both. The old rule, don't mess with a streak.
Unfortunately, I am back now. On to the Madness...Random that is:
How's this for a 180:
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Jack Wilson have begun discussions for a contract extension. Apparently Wilson has initiated the discussions.
Did I miss something? For the last few years Wilson has been making statements on how he would retire after his contract was up. Now he is initiating discussions for an extension? Personally, I would be a little annoyed with Wilson. He has basically undermined trade discussions with his talk of retirement. Now he wants to continue playing. I can't blame the guy for wanting to stay in Pittsburgh, it is a great city to live in and I miss it dearly.
Could there be more to it?
Might Wilson be looking at the team as actually being close in the next couple years? Might he be showing faith in the direction Huntington is going? Considering how well the rotation has done this spring. Considering the stars of the Pirates future (McCutchen, Tabata, Alvarez) are very close. Thinking Andy LaRoche is ready to show what he can do. Might all those things add up to Wilson having faith in the direction? Might he see an end to the humiliation, and end to the streak?
Maybe? Or Jack is full of it and just wants another payday. You decide.
WBC Should Be WBC:
I have an idea for the World Baseball Classic. Change the name. It should be the World Baseball Championship. I want to see a true world champion determined. No more of this country versus country crap. Let's abbreviate it and take league champion versus league champion. I want to see a true World Champion named. MLB fans could cheer on their representative, Japanese League fans root for their representative. I want to see who is the best of the best. Make it a yearly event. Make a true World Champion!
My last post was on a rumor of the Pirates hunting for someone for the rotation. The next day the Ohman rumors started kicking up again. Now they can be tied together. If the Pirates can land Ohman, they will be trying to move Burnett to land a fifth starter off the waiver wire heap. There are going to be quite a few casualties of the 25 man roster in coming days, the Pirates are scouring the wire for a target.
As a side note, I have heard Walkers name in some rumors surrounding the starting rotation, as trade bait not a position switch.
Wily Mo No Mo':
The Nationals released Wily Mo Pena. Please Neal Huntington, look away from the shiny object like Wily Mo looks away from the ball on defense.
McCutchen, Tabata, Alvarez:
This spring, all three have shown they are nearly ready. Look for Alvarez to finish the year in Indianapolis, he should fly through the system in quick order. Tabata and McCutchen should be in Pittsburgh and soon.
While Nyger Morgan is a fun and energetic guy, he does not belong on a MLB roster at this time. It is a certainty that McCutchen will not be starting in left to start the season, more of a business of baseball thing than a baseball decision. This leaves a few candidates for the starting job: Monroe, Salazar, Jones and Hinske. A platoon may be in order for Monroe and Hinske. But my money, if I were to bet, is still on Salazar. Salazar can play better D than either Monroe or Hinske and is no slouch with the bat either. Jones is the wildcard, I have liked what I have seen of him and he just seems to have that little something extra. That something that it is hard to put a finger on.
Fifth Of Starter:
Ohlendorf has locked up the fourth starter sot in the rotation. As mentioned earlier, the front office is not happy with the competition for the fifth starter spot and are looking to fill from outside the franchise.
It was made official, Jaramillo was named backup to Doumit. Diaz was sent to Indy. I look at this more along the lines of wanting to get the better all around guy some more playing time. Jaramillo is obviously better with a glove and arm, but Diaz has impressed with the bat. If Doumit goes down for an extended period, look for Diaz to get called up and step into the starter role.
It is great to be back writing again, I wish my superstition would have won Pitt the championship. Anyhow, Jon with his beast of the east entry is leading a pitiful pack of prognosticators in the BTW Bracket Challenge. It is not a pretty sight.
In my Sportsocrocy Mock Celebrity Bracket, I still have a good chance of winning. I need a win out of Michigan St and North Carolina today and it is nearly locked up.