Perrotto’s Weekly Pirates Report: On Fading Veterans Barajas, Barmes & more buzz


Weekly Pirates Report By John Perrotto Sometimes it seems a negative force field is built into the Pittsburgh Pirates’ uniform, as if veteran players age 10 years when they put on the black and gold for the first time. It has happened over and over again in the PNC Park Era. The Pirates acquire a veteran hitter and he has immediately gone over the hill. Derek Bell, Chris Stynes, Jeromy Burnitz, Joe Randa, Ramon Vazquez, Aki Iwamura, Ryan Church and Bobby Crosby are among the names that come to mind. Catcher Rod Barajas and shortstop Clint Barmes seem ready to be added to the list as both have been flops this season after being signed as free agents last November. Despite his dramatic and out-of-nowhere game-winning home run on Tuesday night, the 36-year-old Barajas is hitting .134 with one homer and two RBIs in 22 games and 72 plate appearances goingRead More »