Only Bob Smizik could find a way to bash the signings of Stetson Allie and Jameson Tallion in this bare-bones, no analysis post on today's great news. I can only assume he's still trying to formulate a negative opinion.
Some of the highlights...
leadoff-"If the Pirates sign Taillon and I think they will, this will be a very big day for the Bucs."
(Sorry, I disagree. Signing your draft choices is expected. It will be a big day when they pitch successfully for the Pirates. --- Bob Smizik)
impliedi-"It's good to see that the Pirates are continuing to spend money on the draft.
It's also good to see Daq try and devalue every positive thing the team does.
At least there's some things I can count on.
As everyone knows, the only way to build a CONSISTENT winner, is to have a deep farm system, which is best built through the draft.
Hopefully Taillon gets done as well and it will be another great day in the draft signing history of Huntington and crew.
@Bob, how can this be happening, I thought Bob Nutting was cheap??"
(I guess I was wrong. He's not cheap. He's just overseeing the lowest payroll in baseball.
I cannot believe the Pirates have clouded people's mind to make them believe signing their draft choices is a major accomplishment. When was the last time they didn't sign their No. 1. --- Bob Smizik)
impliedi-"(Sorry, I disagree. Signing your draft choices is expected. It will be a big day when they pitch successfully for the Pirates. --- Bob Smizik)
Bob, I totally disagree. In the NFL, signing your draft choices is "expected". In MLB, there is a strategy to taking guys and guessing that you'll be able to sign them. Signing Taillon might be "expected". But, signing Allie makes it a big day. This was a strategic risk the Pirates took on a guy who may or may not have signed (many, many teams passed on him in the first round, scared off by his money demands.)
I congratulate the Pirates on this.
But, you are right, that it doesn't really matter who you draft, if they don't become successful down the road. But you can't get THERE, if you don't first SIGN the guys that you draft."
(When was the last time the Pirates did not sign their No. 1 draft choice? --- Bob Smizik)
impliedi-"(When was the last time the Pirates did not sign their No. 1 draft choice? --- Bob Smizik)
Allie is a 2nd rounder, that's a big difference. As I mentioned, signing the first rounder Taillon is "expected", but signing your second rounder is not always a given."
(OK, I don't know but tell me: When was the last time they didn't sign their second round choice? How often has it happened to make this cause for celebration. -- Bob Smizik)
So clearly the talking point now is that you're expected to sign your top picks, so clearly it's not a good thing that, it's just expected.
Less than a week after they brought down a firestorm of fan protest by trading Gold Glove center fielder Nate McLouth to Atlanta for three minor leaguers, the Pirates went with signability -- as opposed to ability -- in making their first-round choice in the amateur draft last night.
It brought to mind the days of Dave Littlefield and before that the late 1990s when the team rarely make a first-round pick based on ability.
So, pardon my french, what the hell do you want Bob?
This is just pure hypocrisy. In one sentence you bash the Pirates for drafting an easy sign and in the next you bash optimism stemming from landing not one, but two guys who were significantly riskier in drafting.
I've had it with this guy.