November 25, 2008

Pirates sign 2 Indian pitchers and, no, not from Cleveland: The two 20-year-old pitchers, neither of whom had picked up a baseball until earlier this year, signed free-agent contracts Monday with the Pirates. They are believed to be the first athletes from India to sign professional baseball contracts outside their country.

posted by AaronGNP to baseball at 10:30 AM - 10 comments

As a pittsburgher, this shows just how low the ownership has sunk. I also hear we are selling gold glove awards to Will our saddness never end.

posted by Debo270 at 12:55 PM on November 25

The article points out how this isn't a lot different from signing a dominican kid with a great arm and no pitching knowledge. I have to agree. If anything, it might be nice to start with a pitcher who has no bad habits and build him your own way.

posted by dfleming at 01:48 PM on November 25

Well if they don't have bad habits, they will once they leaves the Pirate organization.

This just in: If the Pirates don't put together a winning team, the stadium is thinking of relocating to a new city.

posted by Debo270 at 03:01 PM on November 25

I would imagine a lot of cities would take that trade Debo: a lovely ballpark housing a dreadful team.

posted by trox at 05:05 PM on November 25

Everybody is missing the main point. Bob Nutting(majority owner) has fireworks and bobblehead nites. The stands are filled and so are his pockets.The Pirates haven't had a winning season in 16 years, but there is always a large profit.It is not where the player comes from, it is how cheap you can get him.But have no fear,if the player becomes a star they trade him for other cheap players and say they are rebuilding.

posted by Doehead at 06:24 PM on November 25

Okay fine, Japan! We won't court your players anymore. We'll just go to...ah...India...right! Then we'll have a TV show see...and...who knew? It's a friggin hotbed of arms not destroyed by our Little League. Ha! We'll show you!

On a serious note, Are the young men in the US just not good enough anymore? There has to be another small Texas town or Florida school with a few golden arms left. Right? Are we (US) "tapped"? Really? 3 to 4 years of minor league ball is a pretty significant amount of time to devote to game show contestants, no matter where they are from.

From a future note, In 10 years, I can see Ryan Seacrest hosting the new hit TV show The American Baseball Idol. Fox is gonna make a killing. And the World Series games will be 6 hours long and will end on Christmas Day. (Because of the 2 month International Inter-League Play schedule.)

posted by BoKnows at 12:39 AM on November 26

Fox is gonna make a killing. And the World Series games will be 6 hours long and will end on Christmas Day.

Yeah, and during the year, the fans get to vote players off the team, leading to a jostling of Blue Jays fans who want to see David Eckstein released and Red Sox fans who want to see Vernon Wells released.

The catcher also reserves the right to pin a player at home plate and if he can get him to submit, the run doesn't count.

posted by dfleming at 09:24 AM on November 26

These 2 fine young men were treated to one of USC's home football games. After the game in an interview one of them said he was glad they had won a baseball contest because there was no way they could survive those hits. True story from the local paper.

posted by Folkways at 11:13 AM on November 26

So they just picked up a baseball . What about grenades?

posted by vedda63 at 01:36 AM on November 27

So they just picked up a baseball . What about grenades?


posted by tommytrump at 11:14 AM on November 27

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