After the hire of Travis Williams, he first uttered something we would hear repeatedly, get better. Do a better job, hire better people, instruct the players better, everything comes back to those two words, get better.
No, I’m not going to go ape on Derek Shelton and blast his resume. I’m not going to assume close to 20 games is enough to form fact-based opinion on the capabilities of the man. I will say, so far, he hasn’t done a good job.
The biggest problem with being positive about the Pirates is probably the simple fact that its always about the future.
Very rarely does a sure fire, step right into the majors prospect crop up in the Amateur draft for MLB. When it looks like one is potentially there like Kumar Rocker many in the fan base believe a team not on the upswing should actively try to acquire him. You know, tank.
The Pirates came into this game riding a four game losing streak and that background heading to Minnesota to face a 7-2 Twins club created an impending sense that any semblance of hope to see improvement impossible to fathom.
Chicago probably doesn’t have the most talent in the NL Central anymore, but they certainly still have the most battle tested unit.
The Pirates had a lot of firsts in this game, the first rain delay, the first piggyback start, the first blown save, the first extra inning action and finally we saw the honeymoon for Derek Shelton at least come back to Earth a bit.
Many fans were shocked to hear Derek Shelton pointedly offer a few bottom of the roster candidates to occupy DH duties for your Pittsburgh Pirates on 93.7 The Fan.