-- Pirate president Frank Coonelly was quoted by Tim Potvak writing for the Post Gazette as saying "Trying hard is not good enough...This is a doing league, and it's time for us to start doing."
Now if he can just live up to an old Ben Franklin saw: "Well done is better than well said."
-- All the Bucs are in camp now, including spring coaches Billy Maz, Teke, Manny Sanguillen and Bill Virdon, covering the last three championship teams. Bob Nutting is there too. He'll address the team this morning.
-- Jen Langosch of MLB.com has articles on Steve Pearce and Tyler Yates posted during the weekend.
-- Dejan Kovacevik of the Post Gazette has a feature on potential #1 draft pick Anthony Rendon. DK adds that there is no consensus top pick; Rendon has been dogged by injuries throughout college and as he's being "advised" by agent Scott Boras, the odds of signing him in time to hit the minors in 2011 are slim. It's a good year for college players, and there are a handful that could catch the Pirates' eye.
-- Cameron Zick of Sports Illustrated has a piece called "Former Top Prospects Who Went Bust..." and one of his profiles is on Andy LaRoche, now in Oakland with a minor league contract.
I'm worried about my own expectations," LaRoche said. "I fell short of those expectations tremendously the last few years. It's been frustrating. I've been trying to do too much, instead of just staying relaxed and playing the way I have all throughout the minor leagues."
LaRoche was a class act in Pittsburgh; we hope he finds his mojo on the left coast.
-- Rob Biertempfel of the Tribune Review did a piece on JR and life going on with no regrets in the show.