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Morning Java: Silly spring stats

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Thursday column from the Pirates’ spring training goes right after what’s become Topic A of the offseason: Andrew Lambo and first base. I can promise some of the information will surprise.

Here’s the more personal part of my extended interview with Lambo in the visitors’ dugout at Hammond Stadium yesterday …

Gerrit Cole worked on some stuff in his three innings against the Twins, as beat man Travis Sawchik reports in a piece on his 2014 challenges.

I only wish that every baseball fan ever could have been in the clubhouse afterward to hear Cole tell me about the million differences in his approach to pitching a mid-March exhibition vs. a real game. Incredible detail. Fascinating discussion. No one would ever, ever take another spring stat seriously.

Here’s one snippet of it: “If I’m out there with a plan against a specific hitter like an Alex Presley or Joe Mauer today, we’re going to stick by it. But if I’m out here in a game like this and miss with a fastball, I’m coming right back with the fastball because I want to get it right. Mauer might know that. He probably does. But it’s a lot more important to me to pound that fastball and get that feel. There’s so much more you can do out here if all you wanted to do was get guys out. That’s not what this is about.”

When I came back by asking why he’d ever engage anyone in a serious discussion about a spring outing — as he’d just done with a pack of reporters a bit earlier — he laughed and replied, “I don’t really know. I guess it’s what we do.”


Almost as awesome was this pic our Chris Horner grabbed of Cole right after his final pitch …

If Cole looks a bit thinner to you, that’s because he is. “Lost some weight in the offseason. No idea how. They asked me what happened. No idea.”

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page.

>> The Steelers brought a couple back, lost a couple others on the second day of NFL free agency, Alan Robinson reports.

None of the moves struck me as terribly significant, not even losing Al Woods or Jonathan Dwyer. Really liked both, but their type — with all due respect — can be found without much difficulty. The time for that will come when the first wave of free agency passes.

In the meantime, how about Mike Mitchell randomly jumping on Twitter late last night and taking a ton of questions from Steelers fans?

Here’s TribLIVE’s Steelers page.

>> Ha!

>> Pitt tips off in the ACC Tournament today against Wake Forest. Kevin Gorman is covering in Greensboro, N.C.

Our Subway Final Word panel discussed whether the Panthers legitimately deserve to be in that little tournament the follows …

>> Duquesne gets going in the Atlantic 10 today against Richmond. Chris Harlan is covering in Brooklyn.

>> Derrick Pouliot means more to the Penguins than some spare trade piece, Rob Rossi reports. I think you’ll appreciate some of Olli Maatta’s observations in here.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Penguins page.

>> I’ll visit with TribLIVE Radio today at 12:30 p.m., live by phone from Port Charlotte, (slightly more) southern home of the Rays.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.


  1. Bizrow says:

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  2. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    I disagree about giving Andrew Lambo a half of a season at first base with the Pirates.
    That type of thing is for goofball teams….And yes…. cheap teams.
    Too cheap.

    The 2014 Pirates are suppose to be a contenders.
    A true contender goes out and diligently fills their obvious holes.
    Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
    But a contender makes contending moves.

    I liken the Pirates giving Andrew Lambo a job at first base to the Steelers handing their (prior) open Safety job to Robert Golden.
    The only difference is that Golden is a real Safety.
    Lambo is far from a real MLB first baseman.

  3. Ghost says:

    The last time we had a first baseman soar through the minor leagues hitting a ton of home runs, he fizzled (while with us) because he wasn’t mentally ready to adjust his game to major league pitchers. Steve Pearce has actually managed to stick around as a part-timer, now once again with Baltimore. But getting back to Lambo, I hear him saying all the right things, almost to the point of of sounding rehearsed and platitudinous. But as long as he really understands what he is saying and is committed to doing what it takes, I won’t mind the platitudes. We’ll have to see…

    I don’t happen to mind that he’s smoked dope. Tim Lincecum has won two Cy Youngs and two World Series while enjoying his weed. So there’s that…

    “…smoking pot, an offense he had committed in high school, as well. To be blunt, he came across as a fool.” Somebody smarter than me please make a clever turn of the word “blunt” from above passage.

  4. JoeyBats says:

    If you believe the STEELERS are trying to build an ELITE Offense in 2014….then yesterday had some additional importance, when the Lions signed WR, Golden Tate to a big $$$$$ contract .–nfl.html

    That signing frees up one less sutior for potential #1 pick, Texas A&M stud wide receiver, Mike Evans. Several mock drafts had him going to the Lions @ spot #10 in Rd.1 (The Lions were widely believed to be interested in a WR or Corner — and now the Lions most likely will focus on a corner). Here’s one set of mock drafts….you can find tons more on the net…

    The next area of concern for Evans is @ the #13 slot…..the St.Louis Rams. You have to wonder with them selecting Tavon Austin last year, whether they would take another Wide Receiver again this year in Rd. #1?

    Currently, the Steelers select @ slot # 15 in Rd. 1.

    PS: Subsitute the name, TE Eric Ebron (North Carolina) in here, instead of Mike Evans…..if you like the thought of the Steelers running a two TE system for a year or 2 like the PATS’ Gronkowski/Hernandez system. ;-)

  5. Matt says:

    Just wanted to say hello, I’m the Lunatic from Lakeland Florida via Warren Ohio.

    I have a case of cautious optimism for 2014 in regards to Pittsburgh sports, how far can the Pens go, will the bull pen repeat last Summer’s success, and 9-7 means an upgrade. However, college hoops starting this weekend through the finals will keep most of my attention. Might make the short trek on the 21st to Steinbrenner for the night game against the NYY.

    Have a great day to everyone.

  6. Thundercrack says:

    OK, this will be the last time that I post that I am pulling for Lambo.
    With everything I’ve read and heard from this kid -including DK’s article today – has impressed me.

  7. DJ says:

    Nice piece by Rossi on Derrick Pouliot. Would love to see Maatta and Pouliot room together next year. Sounds like Olli would welcome that as well.


    ** “I just know how good of a guy (Pouliot) is off the ice,” defenseman Olli Maatta said. “So, yeah, I’d like to have him here. He has some unbelievable skill. I saw it when we played against one another in junior hockey and at training camp. I can learn from him. I think we can help each other.”

    ** When he arrives, Pouliot will stand out for his ability to control flow with his skating and awareness and a seeming innate sense for commanding the power play, according to Portland Winterhawks coach, Mike Johnston. “You almost never see him get hit,” Johnston said. “He knows where he wants to go or go with the puck, so he beats guys by making the quick play. He’ll just roll off checks.

    ** Also not at risk of changing is the opinion of perhaps Pouliot’s biggest advocate within the Penguins. Linked by their draft history, Maatta said he “can’t wait” for the day he and Pouliot are leading a Stanley Cup charge. “He’ll be here when he’s ready, but I think it will be soon,” Maatta said. “He’s going to be a great player. I know it.”

  8. Jandy says:

    I see you got Matt from Lakeland FL, Biz. Good job :)

  9. Jandy says:


  10. Jandy says:

    Hi Matt, I see Biz has you added to the Lunatics’ list :)

    I’m almost always optimistic when it comes to Pittsburgh sports. Hockey is my fav sport, followed by football and baseball, but I have to admit, last season baseball supplanted football, knocking it to third :)

    Cold and windy here in Central PA this morning…wind chill of -10 brrr!! At least we only got a dusting of snow, and it’s to be 50 degrees tomorrow :)

  11. Jandy says:

    Why would it be the last time? I’m pulling for him, and I don’t mind admitting it repeatedly :)

  12. Jandy says:

    Agreed, I’ve already read a good bit about him, and liked what I read. This is indeed great news. Hoping he exceeds the curve and makes it to the bigs sooner rather than later!

  13. JAL says:

    JAL’s Another Night Morning Links


    1- MLB Transactions

    2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates

    3 BFFL’s 2014 Pirates Stats Spreadsheet

    4 Pirates Prospects Spring Training Tracker

    BLOGS and such

    5—Pirates Prospects

    First Pitch: The Parallels Between Andrew Lambo and Jeff Clement

    The Pirates Minor League Catcher Roster Crunch Appears to be Solved

    6 Bucs Dugout

    Clay Holmes to visit Dr. James Andrews

    7 Rumbunter

    Pittsburgh Pirates Fans Should Have Spring Fever

    Remembering Pirates First Basemen, Adam Laroche & All The Failures

    8 Green Weenie

    3/12: Denny Lyons, Ladies Day, Reb Russell, Vern Law, Dave Williams, Chuck Klein…

    9 SaberBucs

    First-Baseman for Free

    10 City of Champions

    Pittsburgh Pirates: Time For Concern About Andrew Lambo?

  14. JAL says:

    NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    11 Beaver County Times

    Pirates’ Sanchez useful for more than tweeting

    12 The Good in Sports

    Souvenir baseball leads to prom date

    13 Erie Times News

    Pirates blessed with a wealth of arms for bullpen

    14 Pirates Site

    How do Pirates’ prospects fit Pittsburgh’s needs?

    15 The Aquarian

    Out Of Bounds: 2014 MLB Preview – Part II

    16 Rant Sports

    Pittsburgh Pirates Should Sign Brett Wallace to Add to First Base Competition

    17 Cincinnati Enquirer

    Reds asking a lot of Hamilton, who is delivering

    18 St. Louis Post Gazette

    Carpenter can’t pitch but still pitches in

    19 Fangraphs

    So How Many Starters Does a Team Need, Then?

    20 Baseball Prospectus

    The Art and Science of Sequencing

  15. JAL says:

    Steelers Blogs

    21 Behind the Steel Curtain

    Why Mike Mitchell was a good signing for the Steelers

    The Mike Mitchell signing: Cap compliance is a beautiful thing

    22 Steelers Depot

    Why the Steelers Can’t and Won’t Trade for Darren Sproles


    23 Bloomberg Stats Insight

    World Cup Countdown: Mesut Ozil – Arsenal’s loss is Germany’s gain?

    24 BBC Football

    Tottenham: Players’ futures at stake – Tim Sherwood


    25 Pensburgh

    Wednesday Pens Points: Pens Season-Sweep the Caps

  16. Dcpinpgh says:

    Hopefully the person smarter then you, is on your left hand side

  17. JD says:

    DK – Thanks for the browns QB link. I always like to have a morning chuckle.

  18. DJ says:

    Historic day for Pitt in their first ACC tourney.

    Hoping they win today, at least.

  19. DJ says:

    He certainly has said all the right things. Now we wait for him to deliver. I’m certainly pulling for him.

    Maybe .290, 20 HR, 75 RBI?

    Not to put any pressure on him.

  20. AL says:

    Agreed too!
    I always enjoy reading Rossi’s columns. I only hope that Derrick doesn’t becoome “the piece” this summer if Ray Shero is obsessed with going after Kesler again.

  21. BillyBaduka says:

    If observing the common practice of passing to the left, wouldn’t you want that person on you’re right?

  22. Jandy says:

    I don’t see that happening, AL, Shero is a lot of things, but he isn’t dumb.

  23. AL says:

    I’d never say he’s dumb but I have to admit I was a little worried last week especially when I read that others in the organization felt they had to lobby not to trade him.

  24. BillyBaduka says:

    I agree Jandy. I think it would take a lot more than Kesler to pry Pouliot away especially with Letang’s future uncertain.

  25. DJ says:

    Hope both you and AL are right, Jandhi.

    They could have the foundation for a powerhouse D for years to come starting sometime next season with Olli (at 20) and Derrick (at 21). Would hate to see that opportunity not come to fruition.

  26. Jandy says:

    Bank on it! ;)

  27. AL says:

    no….credit union it. Banks charge too many fees!

  28. But no russia, siberia, or gulag :)

  29. Next season? Didn’t the article say he’s projected to start in WB? Lets see how he does there on the defensive side of things. Clear that the pens think his defense is a work in progress. His offensive skill however is good to go.

  30. Sarah says:

    I believe they will hang onto him until the status if Letang is clearer, at min.
    He was a no-touch at the TDL I believe….

  31. Jim S. says:

    That was a good article, DJ. Glad they didn’t trade him.

  32. Jason says:

    DK – Only one exclamation point for the “Ha!” link?

  33. chethejet1 says:

    General feeling is Pitt needs a win to insure an NCAA bid. A loss things get cloudy. Pouliot is a potential Suter on defense, I see no one including Kesler that justifies him being traded. Said so last week. Crosby has an acceptable winger who does the little things to create space. Said so last week. Hopefully Letang can recover his strength and skills to be a top DMan next year. He is in good hands but I also thought Crosby was in good hands. You never know about someones health and career but having a stroke in the part of the brain that controls balance isn’t good. He is in my prayers to regain his health.

  34. Jim S. says:

    Sounds like he has grown up. Hope he hits.

  35. Jim S. says:

    The Hernandez part of that 2 TE system ended up not working out so well. Hate when that happens.

  36. Ya tangers situation definitely changes some things.

  37. Jandy says:

    So, you didn’t tell us you have a twin…

  38. He’s on the loose…

  39. Jim S. says:

    I’m with you, DJ. I’d be really happy right now if they won a single game in both the ACC Tourney and the NCAA Tourney. Wake won’t be easy with the way Pitt has played. And, anyone they play in the NCAA Tourney, based on where they will be seeded, will be tough.

    If they lose today, I think they may still be on the bubble. I’m just basing that on what usually happens to teams that stumble down the stretch and don’t have signature wins.

  40. Brandie says:

    Hopefully Flamboyant does not let grass grow under his feet.

    Forgive me for my chronic use of blunt imagery.

  41. Brandie says:

    And now…Your Muppet Moment of Zen…

    Lambo was changed to Flamboyant!

  42. Jim S. says:

    A little help for bubble teams, maybe, coming from the Big East Tournament last night where DePaul knocked off Georgetown.

  43. Jandy says:

    All is forgiven…any news from yesterday????

  44. Sarah says:

    That’s you! I swear!! Come on fess up HM!!

  45. theplanisworking says:

    I really, really want him to succeed.
    Hopefully, he will.

  46. Brandie says:

    The interview went well. It also set me up for other positions as well. I will know in a few days. Thank you for asking.

  47. Jandy says:

    :keepin fingers crossed:


  48. Ok you got me! :)

    Man you guys(and mr shero) are some sharp cats…nothing gets by you.

  49. Brandie says:

    I will now say…


  50. Jandy says:

    Hear, hear!!!

  51. Jandy says:

    How long have your written for Pensburgh, Monster mash?

  52. Brandie says:

    Good morning Carney Plansford.

  53. theplanisworking says:

    Why are they called “bubble teams”?

    Do they sing “Tiny Bubbles” after every game?

  54. Brandie says:

    A Don Ho placement. I like it!

  55. JHadar says:

    DK — Really enjoyed the Lambo column. I’m pullin’ for him.

    Appreciated the Cole interview too. I do think most folks who baseball even a little closely know that spring training is not about wins and losses — but the insight on the approach was worth the read.

  56. mcpitt88 says:

    Ziggy Hood signed with Jaguars

  57. Brandie says:

    From what information I have absorbed, everything had to be broken down for Lambo to reclaim any semblance of a career. Foundations cannot be made on talent alone and the sooner a person realizes that, the better off said person is.

  58. theplanisworking says:

    Carney Plansford. Nice one.

  59. Arriba Wilver says:


  60. Arriba Wilver says:

    JH— you must have missed the posts about Edinson.


  61. Jim S. says:

    Yes, until their bubbles burst.

  62. Dom says:


  63. Not long. I completed a project sooner than i anticipated so started to work on those columns. You can read my posts on there if you click on my handle.

    Technically I’m still a UFA :)

  64. Jim S. says:

    Nicely done with the Carney Lansford reference, Brandie! You went deep into the vault for that one.

    You must have really followed baseball for awhile now. It takes a true fan to casually toss out a Carney Lansford reference.

  65. Jim S. says:

    Does anyone else get the feeling Ziggy may finally be about to flourish? That loss could hurt.

  66. JHadar says:

    Yeah, I’m trying to find a balance between internet addiction and keeping reasonably informed.

  67. Arriba Wilver says:

    I don’t think it will hurt. He did get better over time, but he never fulfilled his promise. They obviously have a hole to fill, but I’m not going to lose any sleep over it. He’s certainly not elite.

  68. Brandie says:

    Ever since I was knee high to a fly’s eyes!

  69. Arriba Wilver says:

    When you find it please share . . . ;-)

  70. Jim S. says:

    I’m thinking .290 is j-u-u-u-u-s-t a bit ambitious, DJ. He whiffs a lot. Even in the minors. I’d love to see .260/.330/.450 from him this year in about 400 plate appearances. Then, we’d have something going forward for sure.

  71. Anyone else having trouble loading the blog on Chrome? Seems to work better with Internet Explorer, which is mind boggling to me.

  72. Brandie says:


    Who do you suggest the Steelers either have or get to fill that gap?

  73. Jim S. says:

    I think you are right, but it is always hard to tell with those Steelers DLs in the 3-4. They will never have the stats that jump out. I remember Aaron Smith always said Hood was going to be a good one once he matured. I always heard he was strong as an ox.

  74. JHadar says:

    Still searching

  75. Jim S. says:

    Are you asking as Putin or hockeymonster? I don’t trust your avi.

  76. Cobra39 says:

    “‘As an organization, we need to look at Andrew’s power,’ Hurdle said. ‘You can go spend $10 million, $15 million on a free agent with power, but you’re obviously better served to find your own internally.’

    You can call that cheap. I’ll call it smart.”

    Nah, I’ll stick with cheap.

  77. theplanisworking says:

    I just like the fact that she gets so creative with the names.
    Pretty soon, I will be called “Hey You”.

  78. Jandy says:

    lol I can’t read them by clicking on your handle, they’re blocked here at work. But I can get thru on the links you post. Go figure lol

    Cool stuff. :)

  79. theplanisworking says:

    Pineapples for everyone!

    I think this year Pitt may be SpongeBob………………

  80. Good point. If I find out boot scootin pootin is hacking our computers just cuz dejan tricked me into getting an avatar…I will not be happy. :)

  81. Brandie says:

    There will be consequences!

  82. theplanisworking says:

    I noticed that also.

    I may switch to Firefox.
    IE is good for, well, um, gee………….. nothing.

  83. Jandy says:


  84. Jandy says:

    I use Firefox at home. IE here at choice lol

  85. Jandy says:

    DEJAN tricked you into getting an avatar????

  86. …and repercussions—-thank goodness for spell check.

  87. You obviously weren’t convincing enough :)

  88. Cobra39 says:

    He may do well in Jacksonville, but it doesn’t matter as far as the Steelers are concerned. He was a horrible scheme fit for a prototypical Steelers 3-4 DT. He really belongs in a 4-3 and that was my evaluation of him when he was drafted. It was a bad pick at the time. I wish him luck in the future, but he was never going to be anything more than mediocre to average playing 3-4 DT in Pittsburgh.

  89. Jandy says:

    pffftt :P :P :P

  90. 1st few were thrown together in like 2 minutes flat. The last one I just posted I actually put a little more effort into :)

  91. Jim S. says:

    Exactly. First he stole Bob Kraft’s Super Bowl Ring. Actually, that didn’t bother me so much. But, then he ruined everyone’s hotel room in Sochi except for Dejan’s. Then, when the net came off the mooring and the goal vs. US was disallowed, the guy who runs the Olympic arena disappeared. I put nothing past this man.

  92. Dom says:

    Yeah but there are plenty of good 3-4 DEs in the draft.

    We could obtain someone like Jeffrey Pagan or Brent Urban in rounds 3-5. We could also obtain a solid NT who could start and move McClendon over to end.

    I’m not worried about the DLine.

  93. Cobra39 says:

    I meant a Steelers 3-4 DE. He’s best suited as an undertackle in a 4-3.

  94. Court Jester says:

    Safari works great every time…..Get with the times and ditch the PC’s folks. ha ha

  95. Chicago has prepared you well kimo-saby :)

    Did I spell kimo-saby right?

  96. Dom says:

    Personally, I would have no issues with the Buccos had they of resigned Morneau.

    He only signed for $6.25 million a year. I think we could have matched that.

  97. Jandy says:

    Do lions and tigers come with that? :D

  98. Jandy says:

    Well, ok, that was lame LOL!

  99. Dom says:

    You mean oversized, right?

  100. tdb1977 says:

    Actually, the Gronkowski part is holding up pretty well too. As a Pats fan, Im having a hard time remembering if they both made a full season on the field together.

  101. Brandie says:

    Not today Ray Plankford!

  102. Jandy says:

    Now THIS is cool. Wonder if they’ll be circulated enough to allow me to get some?

  103. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    People can “pull” for Andrew Lambo, Jeff Clement or Pee Wee Herman.
    That’s doesn’t mean you hand them a job.

  104. theplanisworking says:

    Just was informed last night that Lambo was drafted as a 1B.
    Begs the question why he was moved to the outfield in the first place.

  105. theplanisworking says:

    Maybe I can suit up?
    I used to play 1B……….

  106. theplanisworking says:

    Well, Milo DID give a report on the Tigers bullpen yesterday……….

    And, Firefox does work better than Chrome today.

  107. Jandy says:

    Go for it…and

    Daq,. PLEASE don’t ever mention Lambo , Clement, or any other baseball player in the same sentence as friggin PeeWee Herman Ewwwwwwwwwww

  108. Jim S. says:

    Sobby is my preference, but either is ok.

  109. theplanisworking says:

    Cobra, this is the big question………….

    where is all that extra TV and attendance and ticket money?

    AJ’s salary off the books, only brought in Edinson’s $5M.

    Strange and unusual………

  110. Brandiskaya, how did things go yesterday?

    Due to dejan allowing Pootin to hack our computers I wasn’t able to jump on the get an update.

  111. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    Are you sure you could negotiate a deal “under” the Nutting Cap?….lol

  112. Brandie says:

    Interview went well. I will know more in a few days.

  113. Jandy says:

    I asked her that ^^ there, Putin Monster.

  114. bpn8pitt says:

    Just think they could get a WR later. Looking at the Steelers recent history after Plaxico, they were able to find Ward, Wallace, Brown later on…

    I understand the logic. But usually takes a WR a year or two to learn how to run routes and become an impact player. A lot never do.

    They need to find a defender that can play and have an impact from day 1.

  115. buggee says:

    Only a “fatty” would make silly puns out of the use of the word “blunt”. I am far too occupied with the experimentation of new synthetic materials in shuttlecocks.

  116. Cool. Let me know if I should send someone to nudge them in the right direction. :)

  117. Oh…well blame dejan then.

  118. Jandy says:


    Well done ;)

  119. Jandy says:

    LOL you’re a chit, HM. :P

  120. buggee says:

    psst… the woman loves hockey because of the EYE-candy

  121. theplanisworking says:

    Being I would be playing for league minimum, there would always be a spot for me……………..

  122. Jandy says:

    Sure I do, but I love hockey for the love of the sport, too, buggeeeeee. Behave yourself before I hit some shuttlecocks at you, sir!

  123. Did he? I missed it….DAAARRRNNNN YOOOOUUU DEJAAAANNN!!!!

  124. Dom says:

    I was thinking it was going to lock up someone like Pedro long term but everyone tells me that’s unlikely.

  125. Jandy says:

    You missed it because you’re not paying attention, Monster Mash! Are you writing articles for your other ‘job” on the blog’s time?????

  126. But the best possible kind, right? :)

  127. bpn8pitt says:

    Wilver, considering Al Woods is gone along with Hood, I think Louis Nix is very much in play for Steelers at 15. They also talked to him at the combine.

    Kinda felt as Casey Hamptons play slipped over the years, no longer commanding double teams and Aaron Smith getting hurt…The D Line slipped a lot, allowing guards to get loose and get into the second level. Past few years it seems they gave up a lot of big runs than during the hey day.

    Heyward’s okay and I think Hood could get better with Jags in the right role…But I dont think everyone appreciated how nasty that D-Line was when Hampton and Smith were in their prime. I think Peter King said Aaron Smith may go down as one of the most underrated players of all time.

  128. buggee says:

    I’m rooting for Lambo too. Not really understanding all this wailing and gnashing of teeth about 1B and right field when the Bucs will have some pretty solid platoons at each position.

    Actually, about the only position on the field that is a concern–in the event of injury–is 3B. There’s a whole lot riding on El Toro’s chunky shoulders in 2014 and if he goes down, the Bucs don’t have anything close to him in reserve. So that’s my shuttlecock’s worth for what its worth.

  129. Jandy says:

    well, if you wanna look at it that way….

  130. Hey, I offered my services to dejan and the trib. If you’re not happy email dejan and the editors. Guess they prefer dejan, rossi and yohe. Go figure. :)

  131. Jandy says:

    You’re a bullchitter to the enth degree, Monster Mash. I didn’t say I was unhappy I said you weren’t paying attention. Quit changing the subject!

  132. buggee says:

    especially if you’re a switch-hitter. On the field would be preferrable of course, but i did see PeeWee herman mentioned above.

  133. Jandy says:


  134. buggee says:

    bows. Please excuse the loud tearing sound. I just had chili
    Thank you Jandylicious!!!

  135. Dom says:

    I said this earlier but I think we could obtain someone like Jeffrey Pagan or Brent Urban in rounds 3-5. We could also obtain a solid NT in the middle rounds who could start and move McClendon over to end.

    I’m not worried about the DLine.

    Nix seems unlikely but not out of the question at #15.

    I would only see the Steelers nabbing him if Adams, Gilbert, and Ebron are off the board. Maybe Dennard too. I don’t think it is unlikely that Nix falls to the second round.

  136. theplanisworking says:

    Wrong switch-hitting, Mr. Sufflecock.

    ETCH IT !! ;)

  137. Jandy says:

    buggee, my friend, you are on a roll!

  138. theplanisworking says:

    Obviously, time in the gulag didnt work……. ;)

  139. Don’t yell at me! :)

    You referenced the ‘blogs time’ did you not? :)

  140. Gulag does not change pootin…pootin changes gulag my hippster friend :) (imagine in Russian accent)

  141. theplanisworking says:

    Pootin drinka too mucha vodka again…………

    darn Moose and Squirrel !

  142. cmat0829 says:

    DK, loved the article… Rob and even more so Travis do an exceptional job, but it just seems like when you are in Bradenton, we get ‘next level’ reporting that only you can provide.

    As to Lambo, I know there are passionate voices on both sides — some folks have conveniently gone from last summer’s full-throated “#FREELAMBO” frenzy to today’s full-throated ‘#NUTTINGISCHEAPDITCHLAMBOANDBRINGINAREAL1B’….which is hard for me to understand. But that is the joy of the Internet soapbox, consistency of opinions is not high on the ‘to do’ list.

    To me, it’s pretty simple. If giving Lambo a chance, at least for a half season, was blocking a SUREFIRE above average 1B from contributing, then you MIGHT have to go in that direction. But fact is, he isn’t. For all the nouveau Lambo-as-starter haters, exactly WHO would you plug into 1B right now ahead of Andrew? Prince Fielder isn’t available, folks. Ike Davis is injured. Justin Smoak is not available. Mitch Moreland is not available. Would you feel all that more comfortable with Adam Lind, who would cost at least one of the top pitching options not named Taillon? You 100% sure a Lind wouldn’t be Overbay Part Deux?

    And to me, the Pirates as a team are always going to have to make spots on their team to give their prospects every chance to succeed. Everyone, I think, is in broad agreement that come June, Greg Polanco needs to be our starting RF. What if he struggles mightily… what if the Bucs lose games, lose ground in the pennant, because they continue to run Polanco out there. Listening to some of you, you would yank Polanco at the first sign of failure, because the Pirates “can’t afford” to give players a chance. Even more ridiculously, is Nutting cheap because we didn’t sign a $10M right fielder who is ‘proven’ to give a prospect a chance to become a big leaguer?

    I do think Polanco’s tools are greater than Lambo’s, but Lambo no doubt is a prospect worth giving a chance too.

  143. buggee says:

    I’m sure the origin of the phrase has something to do with cheerleaders

  144. Rico Costa says:

    Rico representing The Run (AKA the REAL Greenfield!)

  145. Jandy says:

    LOL! +++++

  146. Jandy says:

    There you did it again!

  147. buggee says:

    oooohhhh Jandyvetnaya, Nutting like a lil S&M action going on a DK blog!

    I wonder if the hairclub for men offers a Letang Special where long hair is cultivated from the man’s back then greased up with some crisco or extra-virgin olive-oil and implanted in the ole (google) chrome dome? might be something to look into…

    And a special note just for you Brandi-Iron… ETCH IT!!!

  148. Jandy says:

    me? behave? NEVER! :P

    I won’t be telling you what to do with that oil…

  149. bpn8pitt says:

    Neither of us mentioned Aaron Donald. Hope he makes that a big mistake.

  150. buggee says:

    hey beiseball phreaks, go over to and find the article Tim williams did on “Mastering the Sinker Pitch”. That was really deep and insightful stuff! nice work Tim!

  151. Arriba Wilver says:

    CJ—a man after my own heart.

  152. Arriba Wilver says:

    Oh my!

  153. philthegroundhog says:

    My son-in-law designed the website for the mint when the contest was launched. Maybe I can score a few of those coins for you.

  154. brendan says:

    Who would you have targeted 1B wise? I wouldn’t have had a problem with them doing so, but the collection of available players was flawed enough that I’m feeling pretty ambivalent about the issue. I have my doubts about Lambo but also don’t mind giving him a shot to open the season.

  155. NMR says:


  156. DJ says:

    Jim — I was kidding.

  157. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    Baloney…..A good GM finds a way to get the right person.
    I’m not going to name names because no matter whom I mention, it’ll be criticized.
    A real FO gets it done…Period.

  158. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    Bon Soir Nutting!

  159. Arriba Wilver says:

    Translation: “I really don’t have a good response to that.”

  160. Vinny Giardina says:

    I’m working on it. I’ll be done at around 4:20.

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