If at first base you don’t succeed, try again
Cheap shot alert: What follows may not be fair, given both the perfection of hindsight and the fact we are only at the one-sixth pole of the 2014 season.
However, perusing the state of left-handed hitting first basemen who have recently traveled through Pittsburgh will have Pirates fans rolling their eyes.
Finding that dependable complement to Gaby Sanchez has of course been one of the Bucs’ top priorities, and maybe still is. With that in mind, cheek out the current doings of some guys who have filled that role and passed on:
- Justin Morneau: .357-6-22; I had a sense in Coors Field he will have the numbers to make the Pirates look bad for their decision to not even compete to keep him, but it could be more than that — the lifetime American Leaguer may just have needed a little extra time to adjust to a new league.
- Lyle Overbay: .308-1-7, including 3-for-5 as a pinch-hitter; here’s one to make fans gnash their teeth.
- Adam LaRoche: .312-4-17.
- Garrett Jones: .237-4-11.