Lyle Overbay

Did anyone notice how the Pirates recently signed Lyle Overbay, then tried to convince the fans that it was a big deal? Overbay is, in every sense, the perfect 2010 Pirates first baseman: No pop, on the decline, excellent fielder, wanted by nobody else, affordable. This is what I’ve blogged about in the past, and it still holds true. Pittsburgh always leads baseball in uninspiring veteran signings. Every. Single. Year.

To cite Joe Sheehan: “Overbay would be a bad signing for a good team desperate for a left-handed-hitting first baseman to complete their roster. Since turning 30, Overbay has hit .255/.344/.427 with about 15 homers a year and a 420/242 K/BB. He hasn’t hit more than .270 in that time. His strikeout rate and K/BB went kablooey last year, an awful sign for a middling 33-year-old. He has a good defensive reputation and the numbers match that. This signing is a near-perfect re-creation of the Doug Mientkiewicz signing from two years ago. Same type of player, same age, same likelihood of having any impact at all on the fortunes of this franchise.”

Were I a Pirates fan, I’d stop being a Pirates fan. Really. I know the whole loyalty thing, but where’s the loyalty back to the diehards? Pittsburgh doesn’t even try to win. Every move is either about saving money or giving the (cheap) appearance of effort.

Such a joke.

4 thoughts on “Lyle Overbay”

  1. The front office of the Pirates is so inept, and I feel so much for the fans (reminds me of the Calvin Griffith era of the Twins) that I almost want to become a fan just to help.

    A grassroots movement to ‘will’ them to get better.

    Something where Dock Ellis (RIP) and John Candelaria are the totems.

  2. You nailed it, Jeff. I am a Pirate fan out of force of habit, but certainly am much less into them than I have been in the past.

    Ownership treats this franchise SOLELY as an investment. I have no problem with a team making a profit, but a sports franchise should not be run like a Fortune 500 corporation, where profit is the ONLY motivation. A sports franchise is a kind of public institution in my opinion, and therefore owners have a moral and ethical obligation to try to win. Most owners do, but Bob Nutting has defaulted on that obligation

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