Originally posted on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 3/22/12

I really like Charlie's piece today on Matt Hague and Josh Harrison being bit players no matter what they do in camp this spring. I joked yesterday that I wanted to make a Venn Diagram of people that love Matt Hague and people that hated Steve Pearce, because I suspect that they're many of the same people even though Hague and Pearce seem, to me, to be very similar players. I'm perfectly fine with either, or both, of these guys making the Opening Day roster, but if either one of them ends up with more than a couple hundre plate appearances, it's more likely than not that something went wrong for the Pirates this year.

At Pirates Prospects, Tim Williams had a great article on Tim Alderson yesterday. It casts some light on how the Pirates handle long-tossing among their pitching prospects and should go a ways towards dispelling the myth that the Pirates shoehorn all of their pitching prospects into a one-size-fits-all throwing program.

As tweeted out by everyone, Clint Hurdle named Erik Bedard his Opening Day starter and said that the rotation will be Bedard, Karstens, McDonald, Correia, and that they'll decide on a fifth starter when they need one based on Charlie Morton's health. I think Bedard's the right choice here, though you could've made a case for Karstens. 

As I do every spring, I wrote a fantasy baseball preview of the Pirates for Razzball. You should check it out. And yes, I am going to be calling Erik Bedard The French-Canadian Wheelchair Assassin this year, even though I know he's from Ontario and not Quebec.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Patriots, Revis have not discussed possible reunion

Reporter: Giants 'would not go near' Adrian Peterson

Popovich: Owners interfering with player rest is risky

Michael Irvin weighs in on Ezekiel Elliott's recent behavior

Oregon headed to first Final Four in 78 years as Jordan Bell & Tyler Dorsey dominate Kansas

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

This is the Gonzaga we’ve been waiting for

Jets won’t rule out selecting another QB in 2017 NFL Draft

Rougned Odor threw a cup of water into Felix Hernandez’s face on the field

Michael Irvin rips Texans for not trading for Tony Romo

Richard Sherman on trade talk: ‘I just laugh it off, man’

Grumpy writer complains about 'SI for Kids' reporter

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Box Score 3/24: Waiting on West Virginia

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

With Team USA's victory, World Baseball Classic (finally) lived up to its potential

The NFL distraction playbook

Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

Lingering issues for each 2016 MLB postseason team

Box Score 3/23: Team USA wins their first WBC title

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

The NFL distraction playbook

With Team USA's victory the WBC (finally) lived up to its potential

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Steph Curry pushes OKC's buttons

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker