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Remember Felix Pie? He’s batting leadoff for the Pirates

Aug 21, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

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Here’s a blast from the past: Felix Pie, the former top Cubs prospect turned 28-year-old journeyman, has been called up from Triple-A by the Pirates and is batting leadoff tonight. For a first-place team. In 2013.

Pie last played in the majors for the Orioles in 2011, hitting .220 with zero homers in 85 games, and is a career .249 hitter with a .673 OPS. He also hit just .251 with a .325 on-base percentage in 105 games at Triple-A for the Pirates before the call-up, so the move–and particularly the decision to bat him leadoff tonight–doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

Pie first cracked Baseball America‘s top-100 prospects list in 2003. That year Francisco Liriano was 11 spots below Pie on the same prospect list, Andrew McCutchen was a sophomore in high school, and Gerrit Cole was in junior high. So yeah, it’s been a while.

  1. modernishfather - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    the move–and particularly the decision to bat him leadoff tonight–doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

    Never underestimate the PIE effect.

    • stex52 - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      Now, perhaps it would work if he was Felix Cake. :-)

      • cur68 - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        Felix Cake would be a God of Baseball. Especially if he was “Felix Cheesecake”. MVP, man.
        More Valuable (than) Pie.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:31 PM

        My thoughts exactly!

      • southpaw2k - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:43 PM

        If his name was Felix Cake, his last name would likely be pronounced Cah-kee

      • jarathen - Aug 22, 2013 at 7:59 AM

        Cheesecake is a pie. Honestly.

  2. cur68 - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    The Life of Pie has indeed been interesting. Perhaps a stint with the Tigers is in the offing? Just to keep the jokes rolling, I mean. Not because he can play ball much.

    • raysfan1 - Aug 21, 2013 at 7:28 PM

      Cake is still better.

    • nolanwiffle - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      Wouldn’t he just end up eating the rightfielder, Jimmy Hyena? SPOILER ALERT!!

  3. number42is1 - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Back in 2009 or 2010 I went to many Yankees games and for some reason it almost always ended up being against the O’s. Everytime Pie came up and they put his picture ont he big screen i took a pic cause I had a friend that was obsessed with him due to his last name. at the end of the season I looked at all the pics and saw that progressively throughout the season his smile got smaller and smaller until it was almost a frown. I need to dig up those pics and post them here.

  4. rbj1 - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    There is a Josh Cakebread in the independent Pecos League.
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=cakebr000jos

    C’mon, someone has to sign him.

  5. natstowngreg - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Another in a long line of fast guys who could steal second, but not first (.298 OBP across 5 partial MLB seasons). There’s just something about a fast guy that makes a manager want to bat him leadoff, whether he can get on base or not.

    • jarathen - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:00 AM

      I blame Henderson, Lofton, and Coleman for being awesome and giving everyone the idea that fast = leadoff.

  6. El Bravo - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    MMMM PIE!!!!

    • cur68 - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      Dude, please. Pie sucks. That’s why he was hitting just slightly more than his weight in AAA.

      • El Bravo - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:51 PM

        No that’s simply b/c he pronounces Pie as PEE-AY. The Pie Gods do not approve. [note: "Gods" is captilized to show they are the only true Gods.]

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:18 PM

        Let me help Cur…

        Pie sucks “in Canada.”
        Although…I suspect the only Canadians who truly pick cake over pie are you and P.C.

      • sabatimus - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:19 PM

        The Seven, you mean? The Lord of Light can kiss my behind.

  7. Stiller43 - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Mmmm, pie

  8. sfbookreviews - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    the move–and particularly the decision to bat him leadoff tonight–doesn’t make a whole lot of sense

    It may not make a whole lot of sense, but it does make sense if you know what’s going on with the team. Two points. One, Marte is hurt and unfortunately this may mean it’s more serious than we’ve been led to believe. And two, Lambo, the only guy in AAA who was tearing it up, was sent down recently so the team could carry an extra pitcher and it hasn’t been 10 days yet so he can’t be recalled. I guess the brass didn’t like their other choices and picked the guy who looked most like a lead-off guy.

    • Francisco (FC) - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:02 PM

      I guess the brass didn’t like their other choices and picked the guy who looked most like a lead-off guy.

      You mean they pulled a name out of a hat! Felix isn’t exactly the poster boy for lead-off guy.

  9. agc99 - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    This tells me something is wrong with Marte.

  10. redridershoottheireyeout - Aug 21, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    good speed but you can’t steal first, why didn’t they go after Morneau on waivers?

  11. Stiller43 - Aug 21, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    And wouldnt ya know it? He led off the game with a hit!

  12. earpaniac - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Maybe tomorrow Brooks Kieshnick will bat cleanup for somebody.

  13. jsally430 - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    the infamous F.pie!

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