Pittsburgh Pirates Wake Up Call: Infuriating complacency

In our daily Wake-Up Call, we get you ready for the day with a complete look at all things Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been a bad base-running team for years now, despite repeated platitudes from manager Clint Hurdle. You’ve heard them all before, but here’s one from last night:

This, after Gregory Polanco and Elias Diaz were both thrown out trying to stretch hits for extra bases. Polanco’s ended the game.

Hurdle continued.

While Hurdle is, of course, correct in his assessment as to why the issue keeps recurring, the fact is that it keeps recurring.

And that is understandably infuriating for Pittsburgh Pirates fans. The team has been piling up TOOTBLANs for years. Rick Sofield rightfully took most of the heat, but the club has not improved in his absence.

If you’re looking for answers here, I don’t have any. But I feel your anger. It’s kind of hard not to.

Fighting Apathy

The Pittsburgh Pirates at 10-25 in their last 35 games. Though their season was lost long ago, the team is now fighting against more than just their opponnents on the field.

A quick perusal of Twitter shows interest in the team waning by the day. Those that aren’t completely apathetic towards the club still have simmering anger towards the team.

I suppose that having anger is better than apathy, but a strong finish to the 2017 season may just help the Pittsburgh Pirates stave off some of the lassez faire attitude many have.

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Jason Rollison

Jason Rollison has been analyzing baseball and the Pirates in one way or another for 4+ years.

Jason’s previous stops include rumbunter.com, Pittsburgh Sporting News, Call To The Pen and several print publications. He also covers the State College Spikes for the Centre County Gazette (State College, PA)

When it comes to analyzing baseball, he likes to take a middle-of-the-road approach, with one foot on the analytics side of the fence and the other on the old-school side. Having said that, he is a sucker for pitchf/x. Jason has appeared as a phone-in and in-studio guests in numerous outlets, including Trib Live Radio and 93.7 The Fan (CBS Sports Radio)

  • leadoff

    Base running mistakes stand out, but these 2 mistakes came from players trying to make something out of nothing, hoping fora bad throw or a break somewhere. I would much rather see this over agressiveness any day than the constant walks back to the dugout with their heads down. Every player in baseball makes these mistakes and anyone that plays the game on any level makes these mistakes. We don’t keep track of how many times players force bad throws with this kind of aggressiveness, but we should. With a team full of problems Hurdle was dead wrong in calling out two players for making a mistake.