McLouth love-affair never had chance to bloom
The Pirates’ decision — unavoidable as it was – to designate Nate McLouth for assignment is easily the most depressing point of this season.
McLouth’s return to Pittsburgh, which he’d left leaving a track of tears upon his deal to Atlanta three years ago, had all the elements of a triumphant homecoming. Before the season, even before Spring Training, fans rejoiced over his return. Had he been able to fulfill his role as a busy fourth outfielder, McLouth could’ve been bigger in this town than any Pirates player, starters included.
But the love never had a chance to bloom. Nate hadn’t had a hit since May 6, 22 at-bats ago, and came up absolutely blank in his prime job of pinch-hitting (0-for-13).
He leaves with an average of .140, with two RBIs in 57 at-bats.
He is an extremely likable individual who should be well short of the finish line at the age of 30. Perhaps a change of scenery will be good for him. A return to old scenery certainly was not.