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Pedro Alvarez on board with potential move to first base

Aug 9, 2014, 11:55 PM EDT

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Pedro Alvarez took grounders at first base yesterday, perhaps the sign of a new chapter in his tenure with the Pirates. Alvarez was recently removed from his regular role at third base after committing a league-leading 24 errors. All-Star Josh Harrison is expected to get the lion’s share of the playing time at the hot corner going forward.

Alvarez seems at peace with the transition, though. He had a discussion with manager Clint Hurdle and was philosophical about it in a discussion with the media about it later. Via MLB.com’s Tom Singer and Stephen Pianovich:

“It’s just another opportunity to help this team any way possible,” Alvarez said Saturday prior to another cram session at first. “I think it shows the faith and the desire and the want that the organization has in me for me to help in any way possible. Moving over, taking ground balls at first … gives Hurdle and this team some options to be able to use me any way possible. I’m thankful for the opportunity.”

Along with the poor defense, Alvarez’s power at the plate has declined. A year after leading the league in home runs with 36, he has only 15 along with 49 RBI and a pedestrian .234/.320/.400 slash line.

  1. zackd2 - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Wait, 36 HRs lead the league last year?
    #bringbacksteroids

    • Hard On For Harden - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:41 AM

      #thisdoesnotworkonHBT

  2. sfbookreviews - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    Just as long as they forbid him attempting a 3-6-3 double play, it’s worth a shot. Ike and Gabby aren’t exactly tearing it up at first.

  3. apkyletexas - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Pedro is built like a first baseman, and his hitting has suffered with the increased energy required on defense at third. This move should have been made 2-3 years ago.

  4. corvetteman6 - Aug 10, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    As a Pirates fan, I can truthfully say that this has been one helluva season because frankly, this team just doesn’t have the talent.
    Cutch? Sure. Harrison? Having a wonderful year. Martin? Yes, he’s a gamer. But they have no first baseman, an injury prone second baseman, a shortstop who is just inconsistent, a left fielder who sometimes dogs it and whose pitch selection at bat makes him beyond undisciplined and a right fielder who will one day be a star, but who just isn’t ready.
    Pedro? Never. I’ve seen him strike out on enough curveballs in the dirt to last a lifetime. What idiot throw him a fastball?

    Add to all of this a bench which isn’t even a AAA variety and a pitching staff whose star is Vance Worley and Eddie Volquez.

    It’s been a nice ride, but this team just doesn’t have it.

    • boys3rsk - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:03 PM

      I couldn’t agree with you more. You pretty well sized up our team. Alvarez is a complete joke. He can’t hit a curveball . He can’t throw the ball. He is good for 2-3 strike outs a game. Because he is a 1st. round draft choice the G.M. who drafted him WON’T realize he made a big mistake. Trade Alvarez to the Amerian league for a starting picher, and quit the bleeding. Semper Fi

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