“Guys were coming back saying, ‘This guy has really good stuff,'” said Pierzynski during the Texas Rangers Fan Fest over the weekend. “That’s something as a player when you hear guys say that, that’s something you’re very interested to hear.”
Pierzynski said he’ll work to get used to a new pitching staff in spring training, learning their tendencies and repertoire. But from what he’s seen from outside the organization, he’s impressed with the staff. That includes Darvish.
“Obviously, the numbers speak for themselves,” Pierzynski said. “Everything he did, from the beginning of the season to the end, obviously there was an adjustment period. But he looked like he could throw four, five pitches for strikes at any time. He looked like he could do anything you asked him to do.
“I look forward to being on his side and trying to get the most out of him and helping him improve and continue to get better.”
Jayson Stark reports on several potential rules changes that spun out of last week’s owners meetings. The most notable: coaches and managers will be able to bring an interpreter to the mound for meetings with players who don’t speak fluent English.
No word if Phillies pitchers will get their own English-to-1940s grifter interpreter for when Charlie Manuel comes out for pitching changes. ”I don’t even know what ‘what’s the rumpus’ means,” said Cole Hamels, explaining his support for the rule.
Other proposed changes:
Teams will be permitted to have a seventh coach in uniform; the previous limit was six; and
The fake-to-third, throw-to-first pickoff move would now be considered a balk.
The first one is because so many teams are hiring assistant hitting coaches. The second rule must be aimed at bloggers and color commentators, who will now no longer be able to say “that move rarely works, so I don’t know why they do it.”
The proposed changes have to now be approved by the union before being implemented.
Many teams may want Marcum, but there can be only one. It’s like Highlander. But instead of giving out decapitations and benefiting from the quickening, the winner gets a serviceable starter with some question marks with his elbow.
Father Time, as we know, eventually knocks out every athlete. While Dirk might be on the ropes, perhaps we can even say he took a standing eight count, we won’t know for sure whether he can return to being an elite player until he has a full offseason and training camp to get his knee and his body as close to 100 percent as they’re going to get.