Posted on: September 6, 2009 5:19 pm
Edited on: September 24, 2009 12:04 am

Pipe Down Philadelphia

  1. Last night (9/5/09), Ross Ohlendorf struck out the side against St. Louis in
    the 7th inning on just nine pitches.  It marked the 43rd time in
    Baseball history that the feat had been pulled off; and
    Ohlendorf became the 40th man to accomplish it. Card batters were K. Greene, J. Lugo and  J. La Rue)
  2. We'll be hearing a lot in the coming days about the Bucs having a losing record for 17 straight seasons, breaking the 16-year mark held by the Phillies.  Here is best how we Pirate fans can rebut:
(sort by W/L %)

11) Pirates 19,441GP 9,744W 9,561L (.505)

28) Phillies 19,288GP 9,022W 10,154L  (.470)

Only Padres and Devil Rays are worse than Phils, who are 115
years older than Tampa Bay and 86 years older than San Diego.  The best way to measure it: Philadelphia is 1,132 games below .500 and they would need to go unbeaten for 7 consecutive 162-game seasons to level the scales!
Posted on: March 9, 2009 6:57 am
Edited on: March 9, 2009 7:00 am

Bucs Aren't Looking This Gift Horse in the Mouth

Npho "Gift" Ngoepe is a 19-yo switch-hitting INF for South Africa in this year's edition of the World Baseball Classic and apparently in the Pirates farm system.  He's also a lifelong Oakland A's fan.

From InternationalPastime.com
The switch-hitting shortstop Ngoepe’ s signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates was somewhat overshadowed by the unusual (and seemingly quite gimmicky and desperate) signings of Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, the two Indian pitchers who won a reality TV show to get their contracts. Ngpepe is viewed as a project, but has the most potential of reaching the majors of any player on South Africa’s roster. After the Classic, Ngoepe will likely be sent to the Pirates’ Single-A affiliate.

From SFGate.com
South Africa second baseman Npho "Gift" Ngoepe, 19, is a Sotho tribesman who grew up on a baseball field; his mother worked at the clubhouse in Randburg. He's also a longtime A's fan, and he wanted to see Giambi, Eric Chavez and Bobby Crosby.
"On PlayStation, I'll be like, 'Giambi's up, he hits all the home runs, that's big!' " Ngoepe said.



Based on this photo, he needs work on his fielding.
I guess there is something to be said for the Pirates finally addressing their need for better international scouting and talent development under Neal Huntington and Frank Coonelly, but I hope they are concentrating their efforts on the proven areas of Latin America and Asia.


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