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Why again, do we have John McDonald?

Posted: 05/10/2013 6:21 PM

Why again, do we have John McDonald? 


He is no longer a baseball player.  He is a retired baseball player that doesn't know it yet.  Apparently, the Pirates don't know it either.

Last edited 05/10/2013 6:23 PM by BAMSTEELERFAN

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Posted: 05/10/2013 7:40 PM

Re: Why again, do we have John McDonald? 


He'll be gone this weekend when Walker comes back.
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Posted: 05/11/2013 7:35 AM

Re: Why again, do we have John McDonald? 



cferrel3 wrote: He'll be gone this weekend when Walker comes back.

^^^ This.




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Posted: 05/11/2013 10:22 AM

Re: Why again, do we have John McDonald? 


I think its because of the nightmare of Josh Harrison playing SS last season.

It would be nice if our GM could move McDonald without DFAing him.  Trading Barmes would make sense if they could find a taker.

There is no sense putting Mercer on the bench.  I would say either you make Mercer your SS or you send him back to Indy.
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Posted: 05/11/2013 12:05 PM

Re: Why again, do we have John McDonald? 


Mercer's been hitting well since his recall (plus he was hitting very well at Indy). Make him the starting shortstop now instead of waiting until next year. I think he's proven that he can hit major league pitching and his defense would be at worst average IMO.




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Posted: 05/11/2013 12:33 PM

RE: Why again, do we have John McDonald? 


I think Mercer has earned some significant playing time when Walker comes back. The problem is Barmes is starting to hit -- 15 for his last 49(.306) with the 2 hits today(including taking Strasburg deep).
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Posted: 05/11/2013 12:57 PM

RE: Why again, do we have John McDonald? 


...and Mercer is making me eat my words about his "lack of power"
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Posted: 05/11/2013 1:15 PM

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--- Sangue wrote:

I think its because of the nightmare of Josh Harrison playing SS last season.

It would be nice if our GM could move McDonald without DFAing him.  Trading Barmes would make sense if they could find a taker.

There is no sense putting Mercer on the bench.  I would say either you make Mercer your SS or you send him back to Indy.

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This is pretty much where I am as well. I'd like to see McDonald DFA'd, but I also think if Mercer is your SS of the future, he should be getting regular PT.

He's likely more valuable than McDonald as a bench guy right now, but I think in terms of overall gains and long-term value, getting Mercer maximum reps is what's best.

I don't know, I'm still of the belief that the Pirates are NOT a contender so shouldn't adopt a win-at-all costs strategy. This team has just been so poorly managed for so long, I'd hate to see them backslide.

Maybe you trade Barmes and toss Jordy to the fire for the rest of the year, but really, Clint wasn't quite as useless as he was made out to be last year. He was putrid to start the year but hit .260 over the final 4ish months....that's fine for a SS.
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Posted: 05/12/2013 10:58 AM

RE: Why again, do we have John McDonald? 


...and now Barmes is hitting .320 in his last 50 AB
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Posted: 05/12/2013 11:18 AM

RE: Why again, do we have John McDonald? 


I'd get Mercer starts against LHP for Walker/Alvarez at 2B/3B and a start SS now and then for Barmes. He could still be in the line up most days.
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Posted: 05/12/2013 11:43 AM

RE: Why again, do we have John McDonald? 


Sounds good, but I think they send him back down to keep playing everyday. Won't be popular, but NH said something about not making irreversible decisions.
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Posted: 05/12/2013 12:11 PM

RE: Why again, do we have John McDonald? 


another knock for Barmes... against Matt Harvey, must not want Mercer to get his job!
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