Ex-Pirates in the 2011 Playoffs (plus programming note)

Here are the ex-Pirates whose teams made the postseason:

Rangers: Mike Gonzalez
Tigers: Don Kelly
Rays: None
Yankees: None

Diamondbacks: Lyle Overbay
Brewers: Nyjer Morgan
Cardinals: Octavio Dotel, Arthur Rhodes*
Phillies:  None

*Rhodes was officially a Pirate for two weeks but never played for the team.

The above list is just from my perusal of the rosters. If I missed someone let me know.

Upcoming: I hope you all enjoy the postseason and off season. Due to a change in work schedule and getting final wedding preparations in order, the blog is going on a temporary and non-binding hiatus. I’ve got one more trade tree mostly in the can and I’ll post that when I can but it won’t be tomorrow. You can still find me on twitter sometimes and if something really big happens I may pop back in. Thanks to all of you who have read my work up to this point. I hope to return sooner rather than later.

Cheers,
David

Thursday Trade Tree – Jason Kendall

The number 18 has a history of being worn by some pretty good Pirates; from Bill Virdon and Matty Alou through Andy Van Slyke and Neil Walker. In 1996 it was donned by an exciting young catcher who would make three All-Star teams and was one of the best players in the league from 1998 to 2000 (OPS+ of 131, 136 and 124): Jason Kendall.

Young Jason Kendall was a lot of fun to watch until a thumb injury in 2001 sapped him of his power and he began his descent to the slap hitter we’ve known for the last decade. The trade to Oakland came just before he fell completely off of the table as a hitter, so good timing there. Unfortunately they didn’t get much in return, as was the norm at the time.

*I tried to find out what happened in the Bayliss trade at the end there but team officials were unable to find or confirm any information on who the PTBNL turned out to be or if the transaction was settled with cash. Neal Huntington should call Alex Anthopoulos and demand a player.

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