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Pirates could be without reigning MVP Andrew McCutchen for a month

Aug 4, 2014, 4:50 PM EDT

In a serious blow to Pittsburgh’s playoff chances, the Pirates may be without center fielder, No. 3 hitter, and reigning National League MVP Andrew McCutchen until September because of an oblique muscle injury.

McCutchen tweaked his oblique muscle Sunday while hitting a sacrifice fly and an unnamed source told Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette that it looks like a “serious” strain that could knock him out for at least 3-4 weeks.

McCutchen has once again been one of the most valuable players in the league and has actually improved upon last year’s production, hitting .311 with 17 homers, 17 steals, a league-leading 68 walks, and a .949 OPS that tops last year’s mark of .911.

He’s been extremely durable, missing a grand total of 24 games since the beginning of 2010, so the Pirates have never really had to worry about how to replace McCutchen. Assuming that Starling Marte will be cleared to come off the seven-day concussion disabled list he could shift from left field to center field, with Travis Snider manning left field.

  1. gdobs227 - Aug 4, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Kirk Gibson has to be as giddy as a schoolgirl about this.

    • ezthinking - Aug 4, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      Especially since trying to avoid the pitch that hit him may have caused the injury.

      Gibson is everything that is wrong with baseball.

      • byu1986 - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:35 PM

        Put Gibson in the box and let pitchers “retaliate” against him.

      • drewsylvania - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:50 PM

        Or bring back Lloyd McClendon to bean him with a base.

      • weaselpuppy - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:37 PM

        You didn’t see Gibby play…he’d charge the mound and crush the guy….

      • byu1986 - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:14 PM

        Too old now.

    • Victor Dascanio - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      Kirk Gibson doesn’t care about anything but sucking on Tony LaRussa’s bust. Asked after as his team beat the Texas Rangers in Arlington for the first time since 2000 about being absent for the family event in his home state of Michigan, Gibson expressed little amazement over his son’s accomplishment. Arizona Diamondbacks coach Kirk Gibson expressed little amazement over his son’s high school graduation.
      “You’re supposed to graduate,” Gibson said. Classic Gibson hope his son never shows for his funeral… after all People are supposed to die… #SchmuckGibson!!!

  2. pittsburghpierogie - Aug 4, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Unbelievable! Although he strained an oblique, kind of peculiar, it happened one day after he took a ball off the back. All this, due to an accidental injury to Goldschmidt. The Diamondbacks should be terribly embarrassed by this whole situation, and Gibson needs to get fired ASAP. Cutch is one of the true class acts of the game, and did NOTHING to deserve any of this. This just seems an insurmountable loss, and trying to either win the division or grab one of the Wild Card spots. Absolutely pathetic, unjust, and here is wishing many bad things to Gibson…

    • catfoodtitans - Aug 4, 2014 at 5:42 PM

      I didn’t have an account prior to reading this comment, but this comment was so cringe worthy that it forced me to say something. Don’t get me wrong; I am a huge McCutchen fan and not a Diamondback fan because I’m a die hard Giants fan. That being said, McCutchen isn’t injured because he got hit on the back. He’s injured because he took a bad swing trying to hit the ball a mile out of the park. He got hit nowhere near his oblique. As for Gibson needing to be fired? That’s ridiculous. They might have been wrong for hitting McCutchen in that situation, they didn’t injure him. You sound like you know nothing. Casual fan acting like you know everything. Don’t talk out of your ass next time.

      • blacksables - Aug 4, 2014 at 5:51 PM

        You’re smart. Please post more often.

      • pittsburghpierogie - Aug 4, 2014 at 5:52 PM

        Haven’t missed ONE Pirates game all year pal… don’t think I qualify as a casual fan. Maybe if YOU knew anything about MLB, you would know that Gibson has a reputation. A reputation that is earned. This wasn’t the first incident with this team. Gotta love internet tough guys.

      • ezthinking - Aug 4, 2014 at 5:53 PM

        Great job Dr. Catfood. I’m sure your not seeing the patient makes your opinion purrrrrrfectly on point.

      • yahmule - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:19 PM

        Bad kitty.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:20 PM

        Well if they don’t fire Gibson for being an a-hole who has his team throw at players, they should fire him for being a bad manager with a career .498 record and has his team 14 games under .500 this year.

      • reger91 - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:46 PM

        Cancell your account asshole…’re the one who don’t have a clue!

      • drewsylvania - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:48 PM


      • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:29 PM

        Hello to you,kind Sir.

        While I agree with every thing you posted,the last two lines were kind of uncalled for.Do not rip someone else for having an opinion. Thanks for setting up an account. I look forword to your posts in the future,but please,try not to be so dimissive of someone else’s opinion.

      • Kicknowledge - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:30 PM

        I apparently have an account prior to reading this comment, yet your diagnosis of oblique injuries, diagnosis of spinal trauma and evaluation of replay was so mind-numbing that it prompted me to say something.

        Now, I know you don’t claim to be a physician or a physical therapist with the ability to diagnosis a strained oblique, but to state as point blank as you have that this injury has nothing to do with him being hit square in the back and spine is LAUGHABLE. I don’t think you need to be told about how the spine houses the nervous system, the intricacies of it that make body movement possible, how simple tweaking or trauma to the spine can cause pain elsewhere in the body… but apparently you do. I myself am not a physician or physical therapist, but I do know/understand the dynamics of back/spine pain and how it can affect the rest of the body. The first cause of this injury is being drilled in the back and it was compounded by the swing, therefore, yes the Diamondbacks are responsible for the injury being possible.

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:46 PM


        You must post more often.

        No sarcasm.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:59 PM

        Now, to hear from someone who *actually* knows what he’s talking about:

      • randomjoeblow - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:38 PM


        You’re clearly just grasping at straws yourself. You have no idea what you’re talking about.

      • senorsharkfin - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:03 PM

        So all of you guys attacking @CatFood… guess you’re Real Pirates Fans.. right?? Like the die hard kind? Rewind your memory back 12 freaking days —>
        You retaliated against the Dodgers when Cutch was HBP. Lets stick to facts… like you’ve broken 2 D-backs players hands in the last year (Hill & Goldie) and lets stay away from assumptions like getting hit in the back can magically turn into an oblique injury. I understand you’re passionate Pirates Fans… but don’t act like you haven’t done the same thing when your MVP gets HBP.

      • senorsharkfin - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:47 PM

        Got real quiet up in here… Hello?… Don’t worry, in honor of school starting up this week in AZ.. that session was free.

      • Kicknowledge - Aug 5, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        Grasping at straws? Is that the best comeback you have? In what part of my response am I grasping at straws? There is no fallacy of argument in my response as I state that I do not have any expertise and that while this may be true I do have a decent understanding of how the body works.

        Details have come out that he has a fractured rib. You do know that the ribs wrap around the torso, correct, with some even starting at the spine and flowing out, right? Even more, the rib they say is fractured is the 11th rib, also known as the floating rib. This rib starts from the spine and does not actually connect to any other part of the body and it looks to be in the spot McCutchen got drilled with the pitch (click link to see floating ribs 11 and 12). Simple deduction, my dear Watson. It’s hard to grasp at straws when you take a logical route.

        Thanks for your comment randomjoeblow, but I have to respectfully decline your assertion that I am “grasping at straws.”

        And as for senorsharkfin, why is it that anytime in a sports conversation when something controversial comes up that anyone that accuses the wrong party is suddenly called a “bandwagon fan?” Why is that always the first response? Why can’t people that have no affiliation to or affection toward either team join in the discussion? What does it matter who they root for when what is being discussed is the sport of baseball and its unwritten rules? I’m sorry, but my free lesson was so lacking that I feel you, senorsharkfin, need to come back and reeducate the masses on this phenomenon.

        Lastly, if you’re going to tell someone that they don’t know what they are talking about: SAY WHY! It is not that hard. You discredit yourself by giving no explanation. You just look like fool that can say “nuh-uh, that’s not how it works,” and walks away without adding anything of substance to the conversation.

    • catfoodtitans - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:29 PM

      Believe it or not, I think I know about the MLB. MLB network is on 24/7 for me. I can rattle off stats for hours. I know baseball. I know Gibson has a reputation. He’s trying to make the Diambondbacks “tougher” or whatever. If he had hit someone who wasn’t on the Pirates, you wouldn’t have a problem. But he did. Have fun descending to fourth place in the central.

      • drewsylvania - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:48 PM

        Please stop being 12.

      • pittsburghpierogie - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:42 PM

        Catfoodtitans: You have displayed your lack of intelligence on several levels. First and foremost, “I can rattle off stats for hours”. Well, that’s impressive. I can name parts in a car, but that doesn’t make me a mechanic. Beyond that, if you can rattle stats ‘for hours’, perhaps you need a hobby, or a life. Also, you assume things.. had this happened to any other player on a different team, it is still an offensive act. The fact it was Cutch, makes it more personal, but doesn’t limit the malicious intent.

        Also, I wouldn’t be talking about potential slides in the standings.. not like the Giants are making the playoffs this year. But, you’re a baseball genius, so you already know that. Continue watching your MLB channel 24/7, and keep impressing us all, with your special kind of arcane knowledge.

      • Paper Lions - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:45 PM

        I believe that you think you know about MLB.

    • CyclePower - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:06 PM

      Excuse me for interrupting the Calceterra induced pile on, but McCutcheon wasn’t injured by Delgado’s pitch. If you’re predisposed to vilifying Gibson for anything and everything, you could make the assumption that somehow the two incidents are related, but there is absolutely no evidence that this is the case.

      Plunking McCutcheon is worthy of criticism, as was the Braun beaning, and taken together, one can make an argument that there is a faux grit culture in AZ that fosters this kind of thing, but you don’t have to make things up.

      • randomjoeblow - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:41 PM

        If it wasn’t the Diamondbacks, Craig wouldn’t even care..

    • catfoodtitans - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:38 PM

      Well, I think I’ll leave one more comment. I’m gonna try to respond to all those that I feel like.

      Pitsburghpierogie: You didn’t actually list one instance where I, “displayed my lack of intelligence.” I can rattle off stats for hours because when I’m not with my girlfriend, friends, playing in a game, or at a showcase, I’m watching baseball to attempt to indoctrinate myself with the tendencies and such of the pros. I’m going to apologize for saying you were a casual fan. I get heated when it comes to baseball. Probably because I’m a huge baseball nerd. However, I do disagree with you. Whether it was intentional or not, Frieri hit Goldschmidt and most likely disabled him for the rest of the season. He has said it wasn’t intentional, and I believe him. It’s the nature of the game to get retribution. That wasn’t the best situation, but that’s how they went about it. If I were you, I’d be pissed too; but, that is the nature of the game. There usually isn’t this much controversy over it. Gibson doesn’t need to be fired for that. It’s a man’s sport, so I think they’ll be alright. Wishing many bad things to Gibson just seems excessive. I do apologize for calling you a casual fan and telling you to stop talking out of your ass. That was uncalled for and pretty ignorant of me to say.

      Ezthinking: I’m not even sure what that’s supposed to mean.

      Reger91: I couldn’t agree less.

      Slappymcknucklepunch: Yeah sometimes I develop this douchey demeanor on the internet. Nice name, by the way.

      Kicknowledge: The day after being hit, McCutchen himself said that he went through warm ups and all that just fine. No issues besides his back being bruised. He tweaked his oblique because he tried to put everything he had on that swing and the end result was a bad swing and (most likely) a tweaked oblique.

      So that’s my piece and I’m out

      • drewsylvania - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:59 PM

        Thank god. Someone lock the door.

      • CyclePower - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:28 PM

        Thanks for dropping by. You’re not part of the Calceterra cult. You make an argument that, while combative, is not a vicious personal attack. …i.e. …you’re rational and think independently. For that, expect to get more of the pile on attacks if you post again.

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:53 PM

        Thank you for the reply.but I still contend hitting another player for something that may or may not have been intentional is whacked. I am pushing 50 and I have seen it my whole life.I still hate it.

        As for the name,some guy who wanted to beat me up in a bar called me that,but instead of punch,substitute f*&$.I was laughing so hard at his (funny) rage that he started laughing too. We bought each other beers and yet again I did not get my ass kicked.

        I still thought he was a dink.I just did not let on and have been using it ever since.

    • irishmanknowsall - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      His injury is totally unrelated to Goldschmitt being accidentally hit. DB are a near-last place team, in the running for the first team on the golf course when the post season begins. Hitting Paul was pure accident. Mc’s back muscle injury was the next day and did not involve any retaliation whatsoever by AZ. And just why would you wish bad events to happen to any human being? WTH is wrong with you?

  3. 4d3fect - Aug 4, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    The Diamondbacks are, perplexingly, proud of this whole situation


  4. joecb91 - Aug 4, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    KT and Gibby can cut diamonds right now.

  5. historiophiliac - Aug 4, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    No! No, no, no! We are playing the Pirates soon, and he has to play. This is not acceptable.

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      I like that you want the competition.Classy..

      No sarcasm.

  6. babyfarkmcgeezax - Aug 4, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Is it time to go after Marlon Byrd? Can’t wait til the end of August like last year.

    • jerze2387 - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:56 PM

      Byrd just may be the word again

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:34 PM

        Beat me by 38 minutes.Thumb up.

  7. markb2301 - Aug 4, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Gosh, now even fewer Pirates fans will see their team live. Currently 11th out of 15th in attendance in the NL, even though they are locked in a tight battle for the NL Central. Pathetic.

    • bigmaxdad - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      I’ve always found it funny that “live attendance”, is how some people judge fan base.

      Maybe we just like watching and cheering at home. May your next 3 bowel movements be liquid and painful.

    • danaking - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:30 PM

      Pittsburgh is one of the smallest cities in MLB, has one of the smallest ballparks, and NL teams are outdrawing the AL substantially this year. They are 11th in the NL, but 18th in MLB, and their 74% capacity rate is 11th in MLB. comfortably about the As and Orioles and some other contenders. I watch well over 100 games a year on (I live in Maryland now) and they consistently rock PNC Park.

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:37 PM

        Not that I believed him,but thank’s for the research.THIS is why I love it here.People shut down trolls with FACTS.

      • randomjoeblow - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:46 PM

        In what way is the NL draw “substantially” more. You’re basically just making that up..

      • Kevin S. - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:15 PM

        There was a link posted to attendance numbers further on down-thread. NL teams are drawing better, both in per-game attendance and percentage of capacity.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:31 PM

      Cherry pick your stats much? 11th in the MLB in percentage full and 6th in NL behind *gasp* SF, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Chicago, and Washington – five of the largest markets in the NL.

      Sooooo you’re dumb. You’re comment is dumb. You’re really really really dumb.

      • markb2301 - Aug 5, 2014 at 3:32 PM

        Ha, yeah, Milwaukee and St. Louis are each two huge markets. STL is only slightly larger than Pittsburgh and Milwaukee is significantly smaller. And I guess capacity is one way to measure. But 28,000 people per home game is really low. No way to spin that.

      • steelpenbucs87 - Aug 5, 2014 at 4:45 PM

        Again with the cherry picking? Ignore San Francisco, Chicago, Washington – talk about those two. You are a walking logical fallacy. Plus, there’s more to a market than just number of people – local economy and other socioeconomic factors are important as well.

        “I guess capacity is one way to measure. But 28,000 people per home game is really low. No way to spin that.”

        Capacity isn’t one way to measure – it is one of THE most important factors when considering attendance. More overall seats, also means more seats in cheaper and middling priced sections, having a larger impact on potential count of seats.

        You’re still really dumb – and getting dumber.

    • reger91 - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:48 PM

      Worry about your team ok, the Bucs have been around since 1880!

  8. kardshark1 - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    I don’t understand. If I took a baseball and intentionally threw it at my neighbor from 60′, hit her, injured her, I would go to jail. How are baseball players and the managers that order this exempt?

    Before you say it’s part of the game, it’s not part of the game. It’s clearly against the rules. If a player took a bat and hit the pitcher in retaliation and killed said pitcher, he’d go to jail for murder, no doubt. But I guess if you do something intentionally illegal while playing a sport that doesn’t result in murder, it’s perfectly acceptable.

    • blacksables - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:42 PM

      It’s not against the rules to hit a batter.

      If you hit a batter, he gets first base.

      That’s the rule.

      Why not try reading the rule book.

      • kardshark1 - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:02 PM

        It’s against MLB rules to intentionally throw at somebody. It’s against the law to throw a baseball intentionally at somebody. With 100% certainty, you could asked a 1000 people involved in baseball if it was intentional, they’d all say yes.

        If you say you’re not sure, you’re just playing devil’s advocate and don’t really believe it.

    • toodrunktotastethischicken - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      Where’s the evidence that it was intentional though? All a pitcher would have to say is he lost control of the ball.

      • reger91 - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:52 PM

        Is that why he was ejected?

      • kardshark1 - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:58 PM

        Fortunately, we allow common sense and logic for juries to use. Stuff like M.O.s and motives. You can’t just run somebody over you detest over while they’re walking on the sidewalk and hope that, “I lost control of the car and coincidently killed the person that everybody thought I wanted to kill,” will get you off a murder charge.

        It was on purpose, everybody knows that with 100% certainty.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:07 PM

        Or video evidence of Miguel Montero giving the middle finger pointed towards Cutch on the pitch that hit him.

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:42 PM

      While I kinda get where you’re coming from,hitting some one with a small sphere(as long as you don’t hit the head)will only bruise you,a bat upside the squash will definitly do MUCH worse.

      And why “her” as your neighbor?

      • kardshark1 - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:17 PM

        “Her” as my neighbor because my direct neighbor next to me is female. Make sense?

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:32 PM

        O.K. sorry.It does now.

  9. yankeessuckameanone - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:15 PM


    • dsaverno - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:21 PM

      When I see your username, I read ‘Yankees suck anemone’ . . . Every time. And every time I chuckle. Fishy fissshay!

      • yahmule - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:58 PM

        And anenomes attract clownfish.

  10. yankeessuckameanone - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    You answered your own question. It’s because it’s a sport. Duh

    • reger91 - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:50 PM

      It is a kinda gay name!

  11. yahmule - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    It could have been worse. It could have happened before I saw the Pirates in Denver last month.

    • yahmule - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:45 PM

      How dare you down thumb my naked self interest.

  12. penguins87and71 - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    I think the Pirates can still hang in there. They still have tons of talent in Marte, Polanco, Mercer, Walker, and Martin. They’re pitching is pretty good. Obviously losing McCutchen will hurt, but I think they can go .500 without him.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:36 PM

      It’s up to Snider and Marte – and the pitching will have to continue to be solid. If they can go 10-8 or something like that they’ll still have a chance come September.

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      You must remember that it was”an unnamed scource”and he may be back in days,if I were a bucs fan I would read his twitter(assuming he has one)and maybe he will say different.

  13. joewilliesshnoz - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Kirk Gibson’s a dick.

    • sabatimus - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      He has to be one, because he doesn’t have one.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:48 PM

        Yes it’s true. This man has no dick.

      • RickyB - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:45 PM

        Dogs and cats, living together. Mass hysteria!

    • reger91 - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:49 PM

      Punk ass!

    • yahmule - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:59 PM

      Posts like this are why I appreciate being able to give thumbs up.

    • jerze2387 - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:22 PM

      This got me thinking..maybe by “gritty” he means “dickheadedness”. Which leads to, what would be the biggest dickhead team possible?

      C- Aj pierzynski
      1B- David ortiz (his bitching lately…)
      2B- Dan uggla
      SS- Manny machado
      RF- Ryan Braun
      CF- Carlos Gomez
      LF- josh hamilton

      SP- John lackey, Carlos Zambrano, Mike Leake, Chad Gaudin, Alfredo Simon, Jered Weaver

      RP- Josh lueke, Jonathan papelbon, kyle farnsworth, Fernando Rodney, grant balfour, Evan reed

      Yunel Escobar
      Brett Lawrie (DL. Cause hes always on the DL)
      Nyjer morgan
      Delmon Young
      Avasail garcia (Prince Fielder nominated him)
      JP Arencibia
      brian mcCann (Aj gets the start for being the bigger prick)

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:20 PM

        Ortiz may be a whiney-ass, crybaby, showboating, tough talker.

        He is OUR whiney-ass,crybaby,showboating tough talker.

        And this is OUR f-n City!

      • jerze2387 - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:56 PM

        @slappy Be happy hes a starter. I considered the douchy Freeman for his spot (i guess i could have had Ortiz at the aptly named DH spot and had Freeman start at 1B)

  14. drewsylvania - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Derp Gibson?

  15. phillysports1 - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Dirty Bags.

    • drewsylvania - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:51 PM

      D-Bags, certainly.

  16. smaktalker - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    You idiots still hatin on the D backs! I love you guys , love Mc Crutchen too. Now you know how it feels to be Goldy. Sorry about that ball that got away hope you recover soon . So maybe you can tell your pitchers in the Pitt not to hit other players next time.

    • 6superbowls - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:38 PM

      Smaktalker? A “tough guy” name that makes you feel good about yourself? Ooooohhhh??? Guess talking trash is all there is in AZ when your pro sports teams absolutely suck?

  17. bubblehead22 - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Just to be accurate:

    Is there anything more insignificant than Arizona sports? I’m sorry Glendale sports…

  18. unclemosesgreen - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Charles Nagy was fired as the Snakes pitching coach for failure to toe the gritty company line when it came to forcing his pitchers to give out HBP’s like Pez dispensers. Kevin Towers & everyone on down should be fired. They’ll need ServPro to come in for a whole week to get rid of the grit everywhere, so I’d suggest firing everyone right at the start of a long road trip.

  19. dima1109 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Oddly enough, the Diamondbacks are 14th in pitcher HBP between 2012 and 2014 (years Gibson was managing) and 23rd in hitter HBP. Seems awfully forward to assume that they go crazy beaning everyone simply because they won’t shut up about being macho and beaning everyone.

    The Pirates are tied for 1st in pitcher HBP and 2nd in hitter HBP.

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:01 PM

      You may be correct in the stats you mention,but we all know how they have been doing business is ruthless.As someone whom lives paycheck to paycheck,I would never want anyone to lose the their lively hood,but screw him and that whole team.

  20. pittsburghpierogie - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    catfoodtitan: very well said and valid points made. Appreciate the apology and said some things before thinking them through myself. All is cool and thank you

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:02 PM

      Way to man up…impressed.

  21. 461deep - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    HBP & HBP back has been going on before Babe Ruth let alone Kirk Gibson. Nice list of unlikeable players as if they are bad people. I like guys that are not afraid to vent sometimes. Why even Jeter & Trout speak out to umps on calls. Oh but in these horrid PC times we all must act like robots while real bad guys laugh & reap the benefits of a cowed country.

  22. andyisme2 - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Dissapointing. They didn’t have much else going for them. I drove 8 hours to PNC for my first MLB game to see him play, was thinking of going back this summer too.

  23. steelcitywhitty - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    all i will say is, it can’t be good for MLB to have one of your top 5 stars out for a month due to an intentional HBP. Not only that but with revenue sharing, deflating a franchise revenue flow with a single pitch can’t be good for business either.

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