April 9, 1979: A Rainout and a Minor Transaction

The Pirates’ April 9 game in Philadelphia got rained out.  With an off-day scheduled the very next day, they played the makeup game then.

The Pirates made one move, but don’t get your hopes up.  They signed 26-year-old infielder Rod Gilbreath as a free agent.  Gilbreath was a weak hitter who’d put up a 74 OPS+ in 500 career games with Atlanta.  He never actually played for the Bucs, spending 1979 and 1980 with their AAA affiliate in Portland.  I only bring this up to show that actual good teams make moves like this.  I wonder whether the fans all launched tirades about this one . . . .

Anyway, I think there’ll be some more interesting moves eventually.  Just a guess . . . .

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