Thursday, November 12, 2015

11/12: Bucs Deal For Cervelli; HBD Charlie Morton, Mark the Shark Headlines International Tour

  • 1983 - Charlie Morton was born in Flemington, New Jersey. The promising righty came to Pittsburgh in 2009 as part of the Nate McLouth trade with Atlanta. Despite excellent stuff, has been in-and-out of the rotation ever since because of various injuries and spotty performances.
  • 2014 - LHP Justin Wilson was traded to the New York Yankees for C Francisco Cervelli. It marked the third straight off-season that the Bucs took on a Yankee catcher, signing FA Russ Martin for the 2013-14 seasons and acquiring Chris Stewart for the 2014 campaign. Fran had a strong introductory campaign, getting into 130 games and batting .295 while Wilson appeared in 74 games, posting a 3.10 ERA for the Bronx Bombers.
Fran Cervelli (photo Dave Arrigo/Pirates)
  • 2014 - MLB sent a squad overseas to open a 10-day, five game Japanese All-Star series, the first since 2006. Mark Melancon represented the Pirates, along with ex-Bucs Jose Veras, Eric Katz and Justin Morneau. The team played the five regular games in Osaka, Tokyo and Sapporo, with exhibitions in Koshien and Okinawa. For Melancon, it was just another good-will trip in a long string of overseas MLB ventures. He had represented baseball in camps held in South Africa, Taiwan, China, New Zealand and Australia in the past.

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