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Quote of the Day: Lyle Overbay makes a curious assessment

May 6, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

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We heard a few weeks ago about how Charlie Morton had revamped his entire delivery, modeling everything off Roy Halladay.  Not a bad model if you need one, though he’d have to expect far less success than Doc using it.

Unless you ask Lyle Overbay, that is, who was asked about Morton’s new approach in a feature article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the other day:

Halladay declined interview requests from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to discuss Morton, but the one player who knows both of them best sees more than a similar story line.

“Charlie’s the spitting image,” said Pirates first baseman Lyle Overbay, formerly Halladay’s teammate in Toronto. “And, to be honest, he’s got better stuff than Roy does. Roy has a better idea where his ball is going because he’s been doing it a lot longer. And the sinker comes out of Charlie’s hand way better.”

Better stuff than Halladay?  Ok!

  1. itsacurse - May 6, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Considering “stuff” is totally subjective and undefinable, I’d say his argument is airtight. On a totally unrelated matter, I have more “it”, “moxie”, and “zazz” than David Eckstein. And I’m more “now” than ESPN.

    • nixonotis - May 6, 2011 at 6:27 PM

      AJ Burnett has the best “stuff” in baseball.

  2. thefalcon123 - May 6, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    I can’t help but feel some words were edited out of Overbay’s quote.

    “Charlie’s the spitting image,” said Pirates first baseman Lyle Overbay, formerly Halladay’s teammate in Toronto. “And, to be honest, he’s got better stuff than Roy does. Not as in pitching stuff mind you, but as in a higher quality product that has nothing to do with baseball. Roy has a better idea where his ball is going because he’s been doing it a lot longer and he’s a much, much better pitcher. Like, a billion times better. And the sinker comes out of Charlie’s hand way better. Wait….not better. What’s that word? Umm…worse. That’s it. The sinker that comes out Charlie’s hand is much worse. It’s actually kind of cruel to call it a sinker, now that I think about it”

  3. stairwayto7 - May 6, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    If Morton played for Boston or Yankees, this is all you woudl hear about!

  4. cur68 - May 6, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Morton certainly throws harder than Roy, so that kind of ‘stuff’ is better. Halladay doesn’t usually bother to hike it up past 94 mph these days while Morton will do that greater regularity. Now if Morton models his cutter after Halladay’s then he’ll cooking with the good stuff and save his arm for deeper into games.

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