What shall we do with Pedro Alvarez? A question we have been asking since the beginning of time. A month ago fans were calling for his head, today not so much. Good thing management doesn't follow every rallying cry that fans make throughout the season. In fact had they listened to all the ludicrous ideas fans have had about this team, our starting nine would include 4 guys still playing in AAA. Not to mention having fired our hitting coach and traded away some of our promising pitching prospects. Who's to say that Gregg Ritchie isn't part of the reason this team is hitting so well right now. We honestly have no idea what part he has played in all of this, but as fans we only look at the end result and forgo the development that is involved in getting those results. Case in point: Pedro Alvarez.
Listen, I get your frustration with the guy. I also get frustrated when I watch him roll over on an outside pitch and ground out to second, I get that. What I can't get past is this idea that some people have that he isn't buying in, or that somehow he isn't good enough to play at this level. I hear people say that he shows no emotion and doesn't look like he cares. Really? I don't see that at all, I see a calm collected and emotionally mature player who doesn't lose his temper when things are going bad and doesn't flaunt it when he hits a 438 ft. home run or throws a 90 mph fastball across the diamond. And if that isn't enough, listen to how teammates talk about the guy; that gives you a real sense of what a guy means to a team. When Pedro has success the dugout is ecstatic, they all know how hard he works and what an amazing talent he is. They clearly haven't given up on him so why should we? You may disagree with me on this point, but a guy like Pedro Alvarez doesn't come along very often and the Pirates are not going to just throw him aside after less than two full years in the majors. It would take years to find and develop another player of his caliber, and there isn't another guy like him in our system.