Monday, March 27, 2017

3/27: Cangelosi, Guerrier Deals; O'Flaherty Sold; Steverino Released; HBD Bill & Gary

  • 1895 - RHP Bill Burwell was born in Jarbalo, Kansas. Burwell pitched but one year for the Pirates, going 1-0/5.23 in 1928, but later served as a Pirate coach and scout (1947–1948; 1958–1962). Burwell was the acting manager of the Pirates for the final game of the 1947 season after player-manager Billy Herman resigned and he beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-0. He was the pitching coach for the 1960 WS champs, and before that was a minor league assistant who helped develop Vern Law by teaching him how to change speeds and throw a changeup.
Bill Burwell 1980 TCMA
  • 1953 - C Gary Alexander was born in Los Angeles. He had back-to-back strong seasons in 1977-78 while playing for three teams but a low BA and high K rate marked him as bench material by the time he arrived in Pittsburgh in 1981. He hit .213 as an OF/1B/PH for the Bucs in his last MLB season. Alexander was released by the Pirates as a late cut the following spring and finished out his pro career in Mexico.
  • 1975 - The Pirates released RHP Steve Blass, who went from Game Seven World Series winner to a pitcher who had no idea where the ball was going once it left his hand, a condition that to this day is known as the “Steve Blass disease.” Blass is now a Pirate ambassador and member of the broadcast team for Root Sports.
  • 1987 - OF John Cangelosi was traded by the Chicago White Sox to the Pirates for RHP Jim Winn. Cangelosi became a useful bench piece for the Bucs, spending four seasons in Pittsburgh with a .243 BA, while Winn worked two more years in the show.
John Cangelosi 1987 Topps
  • 2002 - The Pirates sent LHP Damaso Marte and minor league IF Ruddy Yan to the Chicago White Sox for RHP Matt Guerrier. The Bucs would get Marte back a few years later while Guerrier never tossed for the Pirates. He spent two seasons in AAA before embarking on an 11-year MLB career that ended after the 2014 season.
  • 2016 - Veteran 31-year-old reliever Eric O’Flaherty’s six-week stay on the Bucco spring roster (he was signed as a free agent on February 11th) ended when he was sold to the club that he spent his best years with, the Atlanta Braves. The lefty was due for either a guaranteed active roster spot, a $100K bonus to have his rights retained until June 1st or outright release; the Pirate FO instead checked the “other” box for him. Good move; he pitched poorly for the Bravos, due in great part to three visits to the DL, and stayed with Atlanta this year via a minor-league deal.

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