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The Pirates set their sights on Justin Duchscherer

Dec 1, 2009, 8:30 AM EDT

Dejan Kovacevic is reporting that the Pirates are interested in Justin Duchscherer, though they don’t know if they’d use him in a starting or a relief role.  Probably depends on the state of his surgically-repaired hip and elbow, not to mention his psyche.

My first impulse was to make some sort of “pitching for the Pirates is no cure for depression” joke, but in all seriousness, Pittsburgh may just be the right place for a guy struggling to rediscover his place in the word. Assuming he’s physically healthy, he’d be among the Bucs’ best pitchers and would likely be given a nice wide berth in which to find his groove.

Plus, no matter how crappy the team is, Pittsburgh is actually a nice town with some pretty country around it.  Not a bad place to restore one’s mojo.

  1. JL - Dec 1, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    My guess is that internal mental factors will play a much greater role in his repair than external factors like what town or team he’ll play for. I speak from experience on that, unfortunately.

  2. APBA Guy - Dec 1, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    JL is right from a professional therapeutic perspective. However, a pro athlete can be influenced positively by a change of venue away from one with past negative associations.
    That being said, Oakland has a very supportive atmosphere surrounding the pitchers. Not sure what Pitt has.
    Finally, it’s always sunny in Oakland. SAD can be a contributor to depressive symptoms, and Pittsburgh is very gray in the Spring.
    We all wish the best for Duke. If he goes out and really tries, the fans in any town but the major markets will love him. In the major markets, trying isn’t enough. You have to win from Day 1.

  3. JBerardi - Dec 1, 2009 at 6:08 PM

    It’s probably also worth mentioning that this is exactly the type of player that Pittsburgh should be targeting. He’ll come cheap and, if he gets back on track, could net a decent prospect or two at the deadline. I haven’t been blown away by the moves that Huntington has made there, but at the very least, he’s got the right gameplan, and he’s sticking to it. That’s more than you can say for anyone else that’s been running that team for at least the last decade.

    Best of luck to Duchscherer, wherever he ends up. The world needs more junkballers.

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