May 2007 - Pittsburgh Pirates Wiretap
Pirates Eyeing Vitters With 4th Pick?
There is a palpable sentiment that the Pirates covet Josh Vitters with their fourth overall pick, a third baseman at a California high school who some see as having the best bat. If Vitters is gone with the top three picks and they still seek a position player, Matt Wieters, a hard-hitting catcher at Georgia Tech and Boras client, might be just as good. Or the Pirates could take another pitcher from a deep pool of high school talent.
Bay And Blake Named MLB Players Of The Week
Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Jason Bay, who recorded a .950 slugging percentage, has been named Player of the Week for the period ending May 27th. Versatile infielder/outfielder Casey Blake of the Cleveland Indians has been named winner of the American League Player of the Week.
MLB To Send Delegation To China
Baseball will send a high-level delegation to China this month to inspect stadiums ahead of a possible trip there for exhibition games next year. Bob DuPuy, baseball's chief operating officer, will head the group, which also will include Padres chief executive officer Sandy Alderson, Red Sox president Larry Lucchino and Pirates CEO Kevin McClatchy. "It's the proverbial fact-finding trip," Lucchino said. "The Red Sox are in favor of international play and have been for a long time." Baseball has discussed the possibility of playing exhibition games in China next March. DuPuy said it also is possible those games could be tied to opening the regular season in Tokyo.
Castillo Wants To Play Or Be Traded
The agent for Jose Castillo has asked the Pirates to trade his client if he will not play regularly. Castillo was the team's everyday second baseman for three years but is now a part-time player. "With any player, they're very competitive. Everybody wants to play," Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield said. "They always strive for that, and I respect that."
Pirates' Capps Suspended Four Games
Pirates reliever Matt Capps was suspended for four games and fined Monday for hitting the Brewers' Prince Fielder with a pitch during a 6-3 loss at Milwaukee last week. The penalty, announced Monday by MLB vice president Bob Watson, will start Tuesday unless Capps appeals. Capps hit Fielder high in the right shoulder just after giving up a three-run homer to J.J. Hardy in the seventh inning Saturday. Plate umpire Alfonso Marquez immediately ejected Capps.
Cubs' Soriano Hits First Home Run In Suspended Game
Even on a night Alfonso Soriano and Cliff Floyd finally produced as expected, the Cubs couldn't find a way to complete a win. For a change, it wasn't their fault. Soriano hit his first homer for the Cubs and Floyd had a go-ahead, two-run shot during a four-run rally in the seventh inning that left Chicago leading the Pirates 6-5 when the game was suspended because of rain Tuesday night. After a delay of 2 hours, 18 minutes, the game was suspended with the Pirates about to bat in the seventh. It will be finished at 12:35 p.m. EDT on Wednesday before the teams play their regularly scheduled game.