Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 11/8/12
Just a couple of small things over the last few days… Andrew McCutchen won a Silver Slugger award (which goes to the best hitter at each position, or the three best for outfielders) tonight. Jay Bruce and Ryan Braun joined him in the NL outfield. Cutch is the first Pirate to win a Silver Slugger since Jack Wilson did so in 2004. (Amazingly, Jack Flash has a Silver Slugger to his credit but no Gold Glove). McCutchen was also named an MVP finalist a few days ago. This is the first year MLB is naming “finalists” for the award, and for MVP there are five (Ryan Braun, Chase Headley, Yadier Molina, and Buster Posey–the overwhelming favorite–are the others). Cutch won’t win the MVP, but is still being deservedly (and in the case of his Gold Glove, undeservedly) honored for his outstanding season. The Pirates signed outfielder Darren Ford and infielder Jared Goedert to minor league contracts. Both appear to be useful Triple-A players, but both are 27 and have combined for 33 big-league plate appearances (all by Ford, with the Giants). The Bucs hired Bill Livesey as a special assistant to the GM today (filling a vacancy created by some job shuffling a week or so ago). Livesey is 72 years old and has been described as an “anti-metrics old timer”, which certainly doesn’t seem ideal to me. His hire falls in line with Bob Nutting’s comment the other day: “We need to have more scouts with a strong sense of the gut and the feel of, ‘He’s a gamer, he can play, he can contribute.’” Again, I’m not a fan of that, but the Pirates apparently have plenty of stat-geek types in the front office and are looking for some balance, which is fair. I would also guess that hiring a highly experienced baseball exec like Livesey was aimed to partially quell some of the criticism of a lack of baseball experience in the front office.
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