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-P- Pat's post about the Pirates and Election Day made me laugh.

-P- Josh Fogg had surgery today. He apparently struggled for most of the year with elbow problems.

-P- In other former Pirate pitcher news, Mark Redman was named the Royals' Pitcher of the Year by Kansas City baseball writers. You might think this would have something to do with the Royals' 5.65 team ERA, but Redman's was actually higher, at 5.71. Redman did have five more wins than any other Royal, however.

Wow, what a horrible team. I probably would have given the award to Joel Peralta myself, but even Peralta wasn't one of the 50 best relievers in baseball this year.

Anyway, after winning the award, Redman did manage to say one of the funnier things a player has said recently:

"To have a winning record with a team that lost 100 games is a great accomplishment for me, but you've got to give a lot of credit to the guys playing behind you," Redman said.

Yeah, a lot of guys playing behind you do deserve some credit for those 100 losses, Mark.

-P- The Pirates' new NY-Penn League affiliate, the State College Spikes, will open the season against the Bucs' old affiliate, the Williamsport Crosscutters.

-P- I'm a little bit jealous of Reds fans today. Sure, their pitching still stinks, but how much fun is it going to be to blame that on a guy named Dick Pole?