Pittsburgh Pirates Wake Up Call – Award Season Starts Earlier Every Year

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Rookie of the Year?

Award Season is underway for Major League Baseball as the Gold Gloves were given out. The Pittsburgh Pirates really don’t have a ton of players up for major awards but they do have Joshua Bell. Josh Bell’s 2017 is one of the best rookie years in the franchise’s history. It’s unlikely the Pirates first baseman will take home the award because Cody Bellinger exists. However, this fact doesn’t make Josh Bell’s rookie campaign any less special. The kid electrified Pirates fans and for a team coming off a fairly mediocre season, it was nice to have a reason to pay attention every day.

Josh Bell did not get the attention of the national media but no one can deny how excellent his rookie year was. He slashed .255/.334/.466/.800 with 26 home runs and 90 RBI. Quite simply, he was one of the best players on the team. The Pittsburgh Pirates have spent the better part of a decade looking for an everyday first baseman and they definitely have one in Josh Bell.

It’s easy to overlook Josh Bell’s accomplishments because the Pirates only won 75 games but that should make you value Josh Bell’s contributions even more as he was one of the sole offensive threats on a very mediocre ballclub. Opposing teams knew they needed to stop Josh Bell and consistently he kept hitting and driving in runs. Josh Bell may not win the Rookie of the Year Award but the kid is special. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for the future superstar.

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Steve Kubitz

Steve Kubitz was born and raised in the Stanton Heights neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA. He is a long time and annoyingly positive baseball fan. He bought into the Pirates' 5-year-plan before it was cool. He is best known for staying calm about losing streaks on twitter and trying his best to make sure other fans don’t overreact to when the Pirates lose a tough ballgame to a division rival. The only thing he isn’t positive about is the wave during close ballgames.
  • redrage97

    Don’t for get about Freeze.. worth a mention for the gold glove nomination 🙂

    As bad as Josh’s Defense was at first.. it was Greatly improved. For UZR/150 and DEF he ranked 15th out of 21 qualified first basemen. Yeah at times it looked fairly bad.. but it was a great improvement and had a -0.2 dWar… compared to the previous season he had a -1.1 dWar and barely played.

    He should also get better, but as long as he doesn’t get worse… we found our guy the next handful of years at least.