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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Starling Marte Clears Concussive Tests

Clint Hurdle met with the media today, and said that Pittsburgh Pirates left-fielder Starling Marte had cleared the concussive tests this morning. Marte was injured last night after taking a knee to the head sliding into second base.

“We’re going to give him a day to slow down,” Hurdle said.

Marte is out of the lineup today, and Hurdle said that he won’t play at all, even as a replacement. His eventual return is still unknown. Hurdle said that he also jammed his right middle finger in the bag, and that the finger was swollen.

The Pirates replaced Marte in the lineup with Josh Harrison.

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Tim, you have made the point, quite convincingly in fact, that the Rays approach to front office management is the ideal model that small market teams like the Pirates should follow. Yet the Rays 1H2014 performance is woeful, and the team doesn’t field an offensively productive team. What went wrong? How did the Rays arrive at their present mess? What lessons are there for the Pirates to learn from and what mistakes did the Rays make that the Pirates should avoid?


it is really hard to underestimate the fall in productivity that the Rays have seen from Longoria.
26/.238/2.5 – missed over half the year with injury
27/.230/6.8 – seems like he is back on track for HOF numbers
28/.141/1.9 – and then the bottom falls out this year…

And the offensive fall has been accompanied by a defensive collapse – he is now just about average as a 3B dropping from 4th in UZR/150 last year to 12th…


Do you think this Rays club has the capacity to rebound from a bad season the way the Red Sox did a few years ago? Hard to think so looking at their lineup. outside of Longoria.

S Brooks

I think they do – this is a team that lost 2/5 of its rotation (Hellickson, Moore) and has been getting subpar seasons from its core (Longoria, Zobrist, Myers, Escobar). Stuff happens.

The rotation will be down an ace, assuming Price is dealt within the next month, but they should be able to bring back an arm (or two) in that trade. A 5 of Hellickson, Moore, Cobb, Archer and mystery guy can compete in the AL.

They would need Myers, Longoria and Zobrist to return to form, and probably get one more plus bat – I would see what Jennings could fetch in a trade, since they’ve got Kiermayer outplaying him, plus DeJesus for another year and Joyce.


Agreed they have had some bad drafts, but they will continue to do what they do. I expect them to get some high-profile prospects for Price.


Not to mention that their farm system is horrible!! (Ranked #26 by Baseball Prospectus). Not sure why Tim has this club crush on the Tamba Bay Rays. Team is bad and going to get worse plus they have no hope in site!! Tim, this is the Pirates of old and surely can’t be a good role model to base decisions off of

Lee Young

they have definitely had some bad drafts….even the year they got lots of comp picks, they screwed them up.

S Brooks

Barmes getting the start at 3B, so Toro doesn’t have to face his former Vandy teammate.


We got Barmes because we didn’t have Marte. May have been enough to cost us the game.


Good news. The nice thing about playing in an AL park is, that despite 9 hitters in your lineup, you don’t need a deep bench because you never have to PH for the pitcher.

Lee Young

DH still sucks tho.


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