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A.J. Burnett’s offseason training is going well

Jan 25, 2013, 9:49 AM EDT

He’s almost in midseason form:


Granted, this would be a lot funnier if he hadn’t just had a decent season.

  1. sargespeak - Jan 25, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    It looks like he is in the best shape of his life.

  2. number42is1 - Jan 25, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    The window aint…

    Side note: if he threw two in a rowq through the window then does that mean that the second one hit EXACTLY where the first one did?

  3. historiophiliac - Jan 25, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Maybe Chipper will do the repair job and tweet a pic of that. We can only imagine…

  4. sargespeak - Jan 25, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    This is the same guy that bunted a ball into his eye last spring, right?

    • florida76 - Jan 25, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      Yes, and that delayed preparation and first start of 2012. Burnett didn’t have a decent season, he definitely had a good one, contrary to some of the dire predictions. It was a smart deal for the Pirates.

      • number42is1 - Jan 25, 2013 at 10:35 AM

        isn’t good > decent?

      • mazblast - Jan 25, 2013 at 11:17 AM


        I think what he meant is that Burnett wasn’t just decent (which is all the Pirates were really hoping for), he was good. I think of it as kind of like playing gin rummy–the other guy’s discard fit my hand perfectly.

  5. paperlions - Jan 25, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    If he’s using the window as the strike zone, looks like he’s keeping the ball down, would be nice if he’d hit the corners instead of grooving it though.

    • cur68 - Jan 25, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      I disagree. We don’t have the kind of information required to make the claim that he grooved them. If its fastballs, then sure, groove-ish, but not too bad even so. Look at that location. Right in the bottom of the garage window, middle of the window frame. Strikes one and two. Its even better, though, if those were breaking balls: that’s right where you want them for strikes. In fact, that’s good for an array of pitches: curve, slide and cutter in that spot are nigh unhittable. Most guys practice that level swing that covers a lot of garage window. To hit two pitches at the bottom of the garage window batter’d have to uppercut it or be real short. Certainly there were guys who were good at hitting like that (Bonds for instance. But, lets face it, Bonds would own ANY pitch out over the garage window) but the majority of them? I think they wiff and the glass gets busted.

      • paperlions - Jan 25, 2013 at 11:23 AM

        Must be cold up there today.

      • cur68 - Jan 25, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        -25 with a wind. Work’s slow, too.

        You think he could put 2 in the same spot with breaking balls?

      • paperlions - Jan 25, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        Nope, can’t throw a breaking ball… it would be hard to put two in the same spot…..but I have great command and control of my 62 MPH fast ball.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 25, 2013 at 12:25 PM

        It’s going to be 63 for a high here today. It looks like rain, and we sure could use it.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jan 25, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        Sorry Cur…I couldn’t reply on the article as there wasn’t a reply button.

        “Seriously, you guys have never been in a team-fight free-for-all?”

        Of course. A few times during Football, and once playing in an Open divsion Softball tournaments. Dudes in the Softball tournament are as big as a small houss. As you will see in the open division. Muscle headed steroid abusers. Also happened a couple of times in College.

        ***But the Pedro/Zimmer thing wasn’t even close to what you and I are referring to.***

        Hell…your boy was all the way out to the 1st base box BY HIMSELF and damn near in the dugout. Zimmer shouldn’t have charged him. He was 100% in the wrong in this respect.
        And Pedro acted like a little Bitch shoving a girl to the ground.
        Typically you have no problem admitting when someone you like is wrong. You can’t possibly think that incident rivals a full out brawl. At least Pedro and Don weren’t in it to that degree anyway. Personally, I am a huge Bob Knight fan. I think the sun pretty much rises and sets in his ass. But I will still admit Bob can be a cantakerous, stubborn, full-fledged asshole.

      • cur68 - Jan 25, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        I can throw a breaking ball. Once. Then my arm feels like its on fire and I have to resort to underhand after that. If I could throw 2 in a row, I’m pretty certain I’d miss widely since the only thing I can guarantee is the compass direction of the pitch.

        ‘philliac you should be grateful for the suckitude of the weather in these parts. I have to keep my shirt on at all times.

        st. Lou; I never 2nd a guess a guy in the heat of the moment. He was being charged by a guy in a different uniform. In a situation like that, you see the charging uniform first. Total tribal behaviour when its a fight. That’s why militaries and gangs all adopt some sort of unique colour or gear. It helps if what you see is a different “colour” rather than a person. He did what he felt he had to do in the middle of a fight. The End.

      • pbastille - Jan 25, 2013 at 2:08 PM

        Isn’t any pitch that breaks glass a “breaking ball”?

      • historiophiliac - Jan 25, 2013 at 4:01 PM

        Meh, we only made 46 today — but the sun came out, so paper is still okay as long as his t-shirt has long sleeves. I totally have to find a new online bar w/ a dress code. NBC Sportsbar is a dive.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jan 25, 2013 at 4:04 PM

        Fair enough Cur. And for what it’s worth…a breaking pitch makes my arm feel like it’s going to fall off as well. Now a knuckler? I can throw a sonofabitchin’ knuckle ball.

  6. randygnyc - Jan 25, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    AJ can pitch. Just not under pressure (as he’s proved as he’s gotten older). His Marlin’s day are long past. He crumbles like week old cookies. Pittsburgh is the perfect place for him.

  7. blovy8 - Jan 25, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    If he was aiming for the broad side of the garage, it does seem like an improvement.

  8. stairwayto7 - Jan 25, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Burnett goes 17-7 for Pirates this season.

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