Gorzo Shut Down

February 28, 2008

Looks like Tom Verducci might have been right in pegging Tom Gorzelanny as a major injury risk in ’08. 

From Verducci’s article, which lists the seven pitchers most at risk for injuries in ’08:

4. Tom Gorzelanny, Pirates, 25 (+40 1/3 innings pitched)I cringe when I see pitchers with non-contenders show up on this list. The Royals were guilty for years of pushing young pitchers without the excuse of a pennant race (Chris GeorgeJose RosadoRunelvys Hernandez, etc.). Gorzelanny was 1-3 with a 5.77 ERA in September while throwing 639 pitches, his second-highest monthly total (by only five pitches) of the season. While Gorzelanny was passing his career high in innings, the Pirates let him throw 105, 118, 107, 107 and 117 pitches in meaningless consecutive September starts. Why? 

The lefty has already been shut-down with shoulder soreness before even taking the mound in an actual game. 

The article says Gorzo is expected to make a start on Sunday, as the team hopes that a couple of days off will help his shoulder heal up. This could be a little bit of nothing, as pitchers do periodically get minor soreness that really means nothing, or this could be a major red flag of a disastrous ’08 to come. Verducci hit the nail on the head


Sad Day in Pittsburgh; RIP Myron

February 28, 2008

Myron Cope passed away yesterday at the age of 79. Cope, perhaps the most well-known personality in Pittsburgh, had been broadcasting Steeler games since the early 70’s, all the way through until 2005, when health concerns forced him into retirement.

I’ve got a couple articles I’d highly suggest. This Gene Collier piece is a great biography of Cope’s life, and I highly, highly recommend it. Also, a couple articles from Robert Dvorchak here and here.

There isn’t a whole lot more for me to say beyond those three articles, as they pretty much cover everything. Myron Cope is perhaps the most prolific figure in Pittsburgh sports history, easily surpassing Bradshaw, Swann, Stargell, Jagr, or even maybe Lemiuex. I think it’s very fair to say that the only comparable figure is that of Roberto Clemente, and that is really saying something about Myron.

Steeler games won’t be the same without you Myron. Rest in peace, and mm-hah, don’t worry about us. We’ll be sure your towels are waived with pride every time we take down the Bungals, Birdies, and especially the Brahnies.