Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Pittsburgh Pirates

Sorry, Pirates fans, this one’s tough to stomach

Photo by Tampa Bay Rays: Charlie Morton has been terrific since leaving the Pirates

Here’s a great note from Altoona Curve broadcaster Garett Mansfield on the MLB playoff series between the Yankees and Rays.

As Garett points out, the winning pitchers of the first three games — Gerrit Cole, Tyler Glasnow and Charlie Morton — all pitched for the Altoona Curve at some point. That’s pretty darn amazing for a Double-A team that is NOT an affiliate of either big league club.

It’s also pretty painful for the Pittsburgh Pirates, because all three of those pitchers once played for the Buccos. Now they’ve gone on to achieve much more success elsewhere.

These two Twitter replies sum it up for Pirates fans.

Cole and Glasnow played for the Curve coming up through the Pirates’ system. Morton rehabbed with the Curve in 2013 and 2015.

Cole was never going to be able to stay with the Pirates long term because of finances, and everyone knew that.

The Pirates blew it with Glasnow, as I point out here in this video.

Become a Nittany Pride member for an ad-free experience throughout the site and even more exclusive in-depth content. You can sign up for $3.99 per month or get a yearly subscription for only $38.00.

As for Morton, well, this one is painful, as well. He pitched for the Pirates from 2010-15 and, despite having good stuff and some success, was never able to put it all together. Then the Pirates made a dubious trade, dumping Morton’s salary in a trade with the Phillies for minor league pitcher David Whitehead.

That trade was a disaster, as this is what happened to Whitehead, while Morton went on to great success.

 

Get Nittany Sports Now in your inbox

Sign-up for email updates and get the whole story first from Cory Giger and the Nittany Sports Now team, delivered straight to your inbox.

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Written By

Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

Click to comment

Sound Off!

Get NSN in your Inbox

Enter your email address to get notifications of new posts by email.

Most Viewed

Roster rumblings: PSU players coming and going
Giger: Dicey 'we're a good team' claim appears again
Notebook (1-22): PSU offers two DEs from Florida
With PSU postponed again, question becomes: What kind of wrestling season can happen?
Quick takes: Brutal B1G can make any team look bad
Alabama makes it official with Bill O'Brien hiring
What does the Fox say ... about Rob Krimmel?
Ravens: Where McSorley stands after RGIII released
Recruiting outside region increases odds of transfers
Baseball podcast: Aaron vs. Bonds as HR king, plus reviewing Pirates' offseason moves

More from Nittany Sports Now

2-Minute Morning

0 This year’s World Series is now over, and no, the Pirates were nowhere close to making it. They had the worst record in...

Pittsburgh Pirates

0 It was bound to happen, wasn’t it? And wouldn’t ya know it, this is the second straight year for it to happen. For...

2-Minute Morning

0 The Pirates gave up on 24-year-old Tyler Glasnow in 2018 when they dealt him away in one of the worst trades you’ll ever...

Altoona Curve

0 This was a lost season for minor league baseball teams across the country, with many franchises facing severe economic issues because of the...

Get Nittany Sports Now in your inbox

Sign-up for email updates and get the whole story first from Cory Giger and the Nittany Sports Now team, delivered straight to your inbox.

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Send this to a friend