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 Post subject: Luis Gonzalez A Buc?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 4:09 pm 
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The Pirates are pursuing free-agent outfielder Luis Gonzalez, with their most recent discussion having occurred late last week.

Gonzalez, 41, a career .283 hitter with 354 home runs and impeccable leadership credentials, batted .261 with eight home runs and 47 RBIs in 341 at-bats with the Florida Marlins last season and is looking for a similar, bench-type role this year. Two other teams are interested, though those are not known.

"No question, Luis would welcome an opportunity to come to a team like Pittsburgh, where he can be a mentor to some of their younger players," agent Gregg Clifton said this afternoon. "He's in tremendous physical shape, just like he's always been, and he loves the role he had last year with Florida. That's what he's told me: He wants a situation like that one."


Maybe this is the free agent Coonelly promised we'd all fall in love with. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Luis Gonzalez A Buc?
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Hey, if he comes in as a bench guy, he'd be great to PH and take the occasional Sunday game. Better than Menki, I'm afraid.

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 Post subject: Re: Luis Gonzalez A Buc?
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Dear. God. No.


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 Post subject: Re: Luis Gonzalez A Buc?
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Why don't they simply dig up Honus Wagner's corpse? It would look great in the new Pirate uniforms.


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 Post subject: Re: Luis Gonzalez A Buc?
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BBF wrote:
Dear. God. No.


Why not? He can still hit.

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 Post subject: Re: Luis Gonzalez A Buc?
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Bucfan wrote:
Why don't they simply dig up Honus Wagner's corpse?


Because we dont want it taking playing time away from Bixler.


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 Post subject: Re: Luis Gonzalez A Buc?
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Kingston wrote:
Bucfan wrote:
Why don't they simply dig up Honus Wagner's corpse?


Because we dont want it taking playing time away from Bixler.


:lol: :D :lol: :D


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 Post subject: Re: Luis Gonzalez A Buc?
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ZelieMike wrote:
BBF wrote:
Dear. God. No.


Why not? He can still hit.

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People who could outperform Luis Gonzalez include:

Nate McLouth
Brandon Moss
Steve Pearce
Andrew McCutchen
Adam Boeve
Nyjer Morgan (minus the power)
Fan sitting in section 138 row c seat 9 (he MIGHT rank above Nyjer... :lol: )
Jeff Salazar
Craig Monroe

We do not need a lefthanded 5th outfielder. He hit .261 off the bench last year with 8 homers...that will not help us win more games and it will not help the club in the future.


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 Post subject: Re: Luis Gonzalez A Buc?
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I would actually be ok with him. No better mentor in the game for the young guys. If you want to show the young guys how to be a pro, he is your man.


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 Post subject: Re: Luis Gonzalez A Buc?
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Az Bucco fan wrote:
I would actually be ok with him. No better mentor in the game for the young guys. If you want to show the young guys how to be a pro, he is your man.


I wouldn't have a problem with him as bench coach either. Its the whole "letting him play" thing that bothers me.


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 Post subject: Re: Luis Gonzalez A Buc?
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This is what I'm supposed to fall in love with?

Pay no attention to the Dave Littlefield behind the curtain.

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 Post subject: Re: Luis Gonzalez A Buc?
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I'm just worried all he'll be able to do is hit...Can he cover LF?

I'd be alright if he can find a 1st baseman's mitt and can handle a few starts there...

He was not that good as a pinch hitter off the bench last season...

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 Post subject: Re: Luis Gonzalez A Buc?
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Well, the article also says there are 2 other unnamed teams interested in signing him... and we know how that always turns out.


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 Post subject: Re: Luis Gonzalez A Buc?
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Could it be a ploy to get Minky to shit or get off the pot?


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 Post subject: Re: Luis Gonzalez A Buc?
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I do like the signing of Luis Gonzalez but i do hope it is as a backup roll.I think he would be a great pinch hitter.He has had alot of injury problems in the last couple of years and i think not being a starter would help him.


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 Post subject: Re: Luis Gonzalez A Buc?
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Kingston wrote:
Well, the article also says there are 2 other unnamed teams interested in signing him... and we know how that always turns out.


Particularly if the other team is the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks.


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