This is my third year as a Hall of Fame voter and, like the other folks who have a ballot (the exception being whoever supposedly played the whore for Deadspin), I take the responsibility seriously. I have found that the decision-making process doesn’t get easier, regardless of how many years you’ve voted.
Many of us will make resolutions for self-improvement on New Year’s and forget them by February. Our hearts are in the right place but we have commitment issues. We get it.
With or without you, A.J. Burnett, there’s still a lot to like about the Pirates’ starting rotation. And I think it’s fair to suggest that more than any other component of a team, the rotation is the most important in creating success and stability.
SOUTH HILLS – Now that spending caps exist in the June draft and international market, eliminating the one area where the Pirates outspent their competition, the Pirates perhaps need to find an area to responsibly and smartly spend their relatively limited treasure.
A brief timeout today from hot stove news – namely because there has not been much over the last 24 hours – to look at some more encouraging analysis on what the most important thing the Pirates can do: draft well.