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Pirates release Brad Hawpe

Mar 23, 2013, 9:39 AM EDT

Brad Hawpe AP AP

Former All-Star Brad Hawpe was in camp with the Pirates this spring on a minor league deal, but Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that he was granted his outright release this morning.

Hawpe batted .288/.384/.518 with a .902 OPS with the Rockies from 2006-2009, but his career has veered off track since. After making stops with the Rays and Padres, he underwent Tommy John surgery in August of 2011 and played exclusively with the Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate last season. Winning a roster spot with the Pirates was always a long shot given their depth at first base, but Hawpe failed to impress this spring, batting just .139 (5-for-36) with 18 strikeouts in 16 games.

Now 33 years old, Hawpe acknowledged to Biertempfel that the game may have passed him by.

That might be the most depressing quote I have heard all spring. But I suppose it’s a realization most players have at some point.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Mar 23, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    If you can’t make the Pirates it’s time to think about selling insurance.

  2. mf44srq - Mar 23, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    I saw him hit against the Orioles on Thursday night (3K’s). His hands were still going back as the ball was half way to the plate; didn’t matter what type of pitch it was, he was late on everything. Either he was a freak and could do that when he was younger and get away with it or his reflexes have slowed so much that he’s that late in reacting…

  3. turdfurgerson68 - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Hey Yankee’s your guy for 1B. Hahahahaha.

    • tuberippin - Mar 23, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      Why are you such a douche?

      • turdfurgerson68 - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:16 PM

        Not a douche you moron…am a turd.

        Enjoy 4th place this season…douche. hahahahahahaha.

  4. Old Gator - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    It’s always sad when a ballplayer with a colorful name washes out of the show. I always thought a “hawpe” was some sort of pulley or ratchet you might find on a three-masted whaling ship.

  5. tonyz6060chevy - Mar 23, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Hawpe needs to get back into the game and play every game like he’s playing against the Dodgers. It seemed like he killed us every time he played against us as a Rockie!

  6. pens5829 - Mar 23, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    .139 average? How could they release him? He’s PERFECT for Nutting’s team…

    This team will continue to be the laughing stall of the league until Nutting sells the team. Worst owner in professional sports. Possibly ever???

  7. approvenothing - Mar 23, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Hawpe is from the same High School as me, guy is a legend here. he should come back an teach our varsity hitters to swing at pitches in the strike zone. Mr. Hawpe, hopefully soon to be head coach.

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