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The Pittsburgh Pirates “Bucco Awards”: Month One

Published by on May 11, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

With each spring, hope begins anew. As the trees and flowers begin to display their foliage, even the Pirates allow themselves to dream. Even for a franchise that hadn’t seen a winning record in 16 years, the fresh air brought optimism to the Steel City. Could this be the year that their pitching staff fulfills their promise? Could Freddy Sanchez rebound, Ryan Doumit duplicate, Nate McLouth improve, and the “brothers LaRoche” infuse some power into an anemically weak lineup? Joe Kerrigan, the new Pirates pitching coach, was hired to mentor the Pirates’ young hurlers. And, it was working early. Paul Malholm, the default staff ace, proclaimed "the guys have all bought in. Whenever Joe says something, he has...

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