Ireland Contracting Nightly Sports Call: August 13, 2019 (Pt. 2)

Ireland Contracting Nightly Sports Call: August 13, 2019 (Pt. 2)


HE HIT A HOME RUN LAST NIGHT HE HAS BEEN BETTER THAN DIAZ. FRANCISCO IS AT THE END OF A CONTRACT. WHAT YOU DO? I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY. I DON’T WANT HIM TO CATCH. FOR SOME REASON HE TAKES THE WORST BEATING THAN ANY CATCHER I HAVE EVER SEEN. NOT JUST WITH CONCUSSIONS BUT FOUL TIPS OFF HIS SHOULDER. HISTORICALLY HE HAS TAKEN A BEATING. I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYONE. HE WILL CONTINUE TO PLAY. I HOPE HE PLAYS AT FIRST BASE. HE WILL PLAY SOMEWHERE ELSE. THERE IS NO WAY THEY WILL KEEP HIM IN AROUND — KEEP HIM AROUND AND PAY HIM. TWO HE WILL HAVE TO TAKE MASSIVE CUT.>MITCH KELLER GOT HIS FIRST MAJOR LEAGUE WIN. TONIGHT TREVOR, NOT SO MUCH. GEORGE SAID THIS ON TWITTER. HE SAID I THOUGHT WILLIAMS HAD A CHANCE TO BE AN ACE. HE HAD A DISAPPOINTING SEASON. WHEN YOU ANALYZE THE PITCHING STAFF. YOU HOPE MITCH KELLER CAN BE THE ACE. NO ONE ELSE FITS THE PROFILE. WE DON’T KNOW IF YOU’RE ANALYZING WHAT TO EXPECT OF ANY OF THE GUYS. IT HAS BEEN ERRATIC. NOT JUST US THAT MADE IT. GOING INTO THE SEASON PEOPLE THOUGHT THE PIRATES HAD A VERY GOOD ONE, 2 ROTATION. IT HAS NOT WORKED OUT. THEY COMBINE ONE WHEN OUT OF 8 GAMES. THAT IS THE NATURE OF PITCHING. NEXT YEAR IT LOOKS BLEAKER THAN GOING INTO THIS YEAR. PEOPLE THOUGHT THAT WAS THE PIRATES STRENGTH. IT WON’T BE PERCEIVED THAT WAY NEXT YEAR. P? REGARDING FRANCISCO IT IS TIME FOR HIM TO THINK OF HIS HEALTH. THE CONCUSSIONS HAVE A CUMULATIVE EFFECT. HE HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL. NOW THAT THE PIRATES FELL OUT OF THE PENNANT RACE. IF THEY PLAY AT THAT MOMENTUM FOR NEXT YEAR. CASE IN POINTS. LOOK AT THE BOSTON RED SOX. WENT THROUGH THE PLAYOFFS, WORLD SERIES. THIS YEAR THEY ARE NOT GOING TO THE PLAYOFFS. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS YEAR TO YEAR McMENAMIN BASEBALL. I AGREE. HE HAS TO SAY SOMETHING. GENE? SUMAC THERE IS NO MINIMUM — THERE IS NO MOMENTUM DAY TODAY. IT IS ONLY AS GOOD AS YOUR STARTING PITCHER. IT IS EASY TO GO ON A LOSING STREAK. STREAKS LIKE THE ONE CLINT PUT TOGETHER. ERNEST JOINS US ON THE IRELAND CONTRACTING NIGHTLY SPORTS CALL. HOW ARE YOU BOTH? I WANT TO COMMEND YOU GENE. I LIKED YOUR COLUMN ON SUNDAY. THAT WAS RIGHT ON THE BUTTON. THE OFF-SEASON IS GOING TO BE INTERESTING. I DON’T THINK THE PIRATES WILL SIGN A TOP-NOTCH PITCHER. YOU HAVE FRANCISCO OUT THERE AND WON’T BE ANY GOOD NEXT YEAR. THEY SHOULD PUT A TRADE IN. DIAZ, THE CATCHER. ANOTHER RIGHT FIELDER. IT WILL BE AN INTERESTING OFF- SEASON. I’M DYING TO HEAR WHAT WILL HAPPEN.>THANKS. SUMAC THEY WILL HAVE A DIFFICULT TRANSITION. THEY WILL HAVE THE MANAGER, GENERAL MANAGER. I DON’T KNOW IF I WOULD SAY IT WOULD BE INTERESTING. IT WILL BE TUMULTUOUS. SUMAC THEY HAVE QUESTIONS. CATCHER EVEN WITH JACOB STALLINGS DOING WELL. DIAZ NOT SO MUCH. THEY HAVE 2 BACKUPS. I’M NOT CONVINCED THAT GREGORY BLANCO WILL BE ANYWHERE NEAR THE SAME. THE SURGERY HE CAME BACK TO SOON FROM. HE HAS A SETBACK. I DON’T KNOW HIS SITUATION. WHAT COULD YOU GET FOR HIM. THAT WAS A CATASTROPHIC INJURY. HE WAS AS CLOSE AS HE HAS BEEN TO HIS COMPLETE POTENTIAL. HE IS NOWHERE NEAR IT NOW. THAT CHANGES A LOT OF THINGS ABOUT HOW THE PIRATES HAVE TO GO FORWARD.>PETE? I JUST WANTED TO TELL GENE THAT I SAW THE MOVIE. HE WAS AN AMAZING GUY. HE RUBBED SHOULDERS WITH ALBERT EINSTEIN. FOR ANYTHING ELSE? THAT’S IT. SUMAC WE APPRECIATE THE CALL. RJ? DID ROGER CADDELL FIRE KAREEM HUNT AFTER THE ASSAULT? TYREE KING HILL, HE WAS TOLD NOT TO SHOW UP FOR TRAINING CAMP FOR SPOUSAL ABUSE. THEY DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH EVIDENCE. HE IS LISTED AND THEN CAMPA PLAYING FOR KANSAS CITY. AS FAR AS HUNT HE IS WITH ANOTHER TEAM. HE WAS DISCIPLINED. HE WILL BE BACK. KANSAS CITY DID NOT WANT HIM. THEY HAVE HIM AND CHILD IN THE BACKFIELD. WE WILL SAY. THAT IS WHY THEY ARE FAVORED TO WIN THE DIVISION. PEOPLE WANT TO BET ON THEM. UNTIL YOU SEE A CAR YOU NEVER KNOW.>JOHN? BOB HOW ARE YOU? I WAS WONDERING WITH THE PIRATES DISASTROUS SEASON HOW WILL THE WHOLE STAFF NOT GET FIRED GOING DOWN TO THE SCOUTING DEPARTMENT. WE CANNOT DEVELOP ANY TALENT. THERE IS NO TALENT ANYWHERE IN THE WHOLE ORGANIZATION. ALL RIGHT. I DON’T THINK THERE’S ANY WAY HE WILL GET RID OF EVERYBODY. FOR THE MOST DRASTIC WOULD GET RID OF HUNTINGTON AND THE SUCCESSOR WOULD BE THE ARCHITECT OF SCOUTING, PLAYER DEVELOPMENT. THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT. YOU CAN’T FIRE EVERYONE IN THE ORGANIZATION OVERNIGHT. IF YOU LOOK AT THE DEPTH IN THE MINORS THERE IS NOT A LOT OF HELP ON THE WAY. THERE IS NOT MUCH THERE. A FEW GUYS HERE AND THEY ARE

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