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Pirates have the answer: Ryan Church

Jan 11, 2010, 8:53 PM EDT

Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that the Pirates have agreed to terms on a contract with outfielder Ryan Church, a free agent who played just 111 games last season as he battled back problems.

The signing is contingent on Church passing a physical, which will come later his week. This isn’t a huge signing but it’s the Pirates, so what did you expect?

Besides, the team has already taken a much more important step in ending their 17-year run of losing seasons, the hiring of a “Mental Conditioning Coordinator.”

Straight to the top, Pirates. Straight to the top.

  1. GimmeSomeSteel - Jan 11, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    Hiring a “Mental Conditioning Coordinator” sounds loopy, but heck, it can’t hurt, can it?
    As for Church, meh. I don’t know why the Pirates aspirations when it comes to free agents go no farther than mere competence.

  2. Old Gator - Jan 11, 2010 at 10:07 PM

    Since they apparently don’t recognize incompetence very often, perhaps you should just be grateful that they evince evidence of recognizing mere competence.

  3. JBerardi - Jan 12, 2010 at 4:23 AM

    They’re rebuilding and aren’t in any position to contend in the next couple years. In the meantime, they’re still required to field a 25 man MLB roster. Thus, Church.

  4. Moses Green - Jan 12, 2010 at 7:45 AM

    Enough about the hiring of a staff psychologist with a title that you guys find amusing. This reminds me of the hullaballoo over the title of ‘sanitation engineer’ in the 80’s, when every wag with a superiority complex would wax waggish about the title and make fun of the people who removed the refuse from their curbsides. The first sports psychology institute opened in 1920. Nearly every major league franchise in every sport has at least a sports psychologist sub-contracted for team use. It’s not funny, and you guys have issues. You should all shut up about it … wait for it …. right fucking now.

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