Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Arrrr! Resto a Pirate Be!

The AP reports that Michael Restovich has been traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later.

Upon the occasion, filling in some answers in his stead for this quiz, I think it may be germane to alternatively refer to Resto by his new Pirate Name, which is...

Bloody William Bonney.

"Every pirate lives for something different. For some, it's the open sea. For others (the masochists), it's the food. For you, it's definitely the fighting. You can be a little bit unpredictable, but a pirate's life is far from full of certainties, so that fits in pretty well. Arr!"

Yeah, a pirate's life is far from full of certainties, innit, Bloody Will?


When I scoped out prospective landings for Resto in late March, I didn't consider Pittsburgh because they had Jason Bay, Matt Lawton, and Craig Wilson available for regular duty at the outfield corners, plus Daryle Ward and Rob Mackowiak onhand to sub in as needed. Apparently a spot opened up, though, since Wilson injured his finger last weekend and will be on the DL recovering from surgery for the next two months.

Right now, Ward is the regular 1st baseman and Mackowiak is acting mostly as a backup infielder. Bay is a righty bat who has been splitting time between LF and CF; Tike Redman is the alternate CF, a speedy lefty who can't hit worth spit (current line: .129/.191/.258). Former Twin Matt Lawton is the regular RF, who bats lefty. Assuming that Ray Sadler (called up from AA last weekend) is returned to the minors, that would leave Resto as the 4th OF for the next couple months. Facing lefty pitching, it should be very easy for Manager Lloyd McClendon to fit Resto into the lineup by sliding Bay into CF or giving Lawton the day off. If he ever resolves to nail Tike Redman to the bench, he could even play Resto nearly every day.

PNC Park, the home of the Pirates, can be tough on righty hitters, but otherwise it looks like this could (finally?) be a good opportunity for Resto: he might have the novel experience of getting to play without anyone angling to take his job tomorrow or in two weeks. He performed well in his audition with the Rockies. If he keeps it up over the next couple months, by the time Craig Wilson returns, perhaps he'll find a home port in Pittsburgh to keep Bloody Will Bonney ashore awhile.


At 5/12/2005 12:44 AM, Blogger Batgirl said...


At 5/12/2005 9:06 AM, Blogger Third Base Line said...

There be a fine berth fer a likely lad!

At 5/12/2005 3:09 PM, Anonymous Dianna said...

Why stop in the Pit? At the rate he's going, he could be the first player to have played on all MLB teams in one season!

At 5/12/2005 6:11 PM, Anonymous amr said...

Now I'm wondering what his mug shot will be.

For MN->Rockies, they changed his hat black and changed to logo from TC to CR. Now they have to go CR to P on his cap and get rid of pinstripes.

Dianna: I'd prefer not to see him play for Chicago/A, Chicago/N, or New York/A. How about 25 or so teams this year? Maybe at the end of the year, we can get him to imitate Howard Dean:
"I'm going to Minnesota! and Florida! and Colorado! And Pittsburgh! Arrgh! And then we're going to Boston and take back the, uhm, commissioner's trophy*."

*What is the thing called?

At 5/12/2005 6:38 PM, Blogger Jonzard said...

Got an Over/Under on how long he remains in Pitt?

At 5/12/2005 7:55 PM, Blogger frightwig said...

I'd guess he's going to be there at least until the All-Star break, which is about when Wilson is due back. And unless he's looked terrible to that point, I would expect them to keep a spot for him through the end of the season. (Then again, I can't figure why the Rays and Rockies gave him up so easily, or why the Royals apparently had no interest in him at all, either.)

At the end of the year, Matt Lawton is a free agent, taking $7.5 million off the books. Daryle Ward is a FA, too. I think Craig Wilson is a 3rd year arbitration case. So they could go younger and cheaper by sticking with Resto, if they like what they see this season.

According to John Sickels, Pitt's best OF prospects are a couple "B-" guys named Nate McLouth and Rajai Davis. McLouth he calls "a grinder," currently hitting .291/.370/.417 in AAA. Davis is a 24 year-old leadoff man hitting .321/.398/.376 in AA.

Ray Sadler is a 24 year-old who hit .250/.290/.484 in 18 games at AAA in April, apparently got demoted to AA where he hit .290/.353/.516 in 8 games, then got promoted to the majors when Wilson got hurt. So far he's 2-for-8 in 3 games with the Pirates.

I suppose McLouth and Sadler would be the kids giving Resto his main competition from behind in Pirates camp next spring; but neither look prohibitively imposing to me. Unless the club spends big money to bring in a FA Rightfielder next season, it looks like Resto stands a fair chance to stick with the Pirates a good while--provided he makes it past the All-Star break this season.

At 5/12/2005 7:55 PM, Blogger TwinsJunkie said...

I prefer Bloody Bill if were gonna do nicknames (on his nickname)

At 5/12/2005 8:15 PM, Blogger frightwig said...


According to the article linked below, the World Series trophy apparently has no name but "The Commissioner's Trophy." You'd think that Selig would have done something about that by now, considering how much he likes to create awards named after players he admires. Maybe he's just trying to avoid naming it after a Yankee skipper.

Which would be the lesser of evils, naming it after Joe McCarthy or Casey Stengel, or Bud Selig himself? ;)

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