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    Default How About Joel Hanrahan As A Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star Rep?

    Major League Baseball is currently promoting All-Star voting and as it usually is for the Pittsburgh Pirates - 1 player will be chosen and most likely not via fan voting but by a coaches choice.

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have various choices to represent them in the All-Star Game. There's the favorite - Andrew McCutchen who despite struggling thusfar is the most recognizable name the Pittsburgh Pirates have. More importantly is that because of McCutchen's speed and defense he offers the NL team a variety of useful tools to utilize in a game even if he's not a starter. McCutchen can also pick up his Offensive stats by the All-Star game as well which could make him even more valuable on the N.L. team as a backup.

    The Pittsburgh Pirates also have "The Pittsburgh Kid" himself - Neil Walker who has been nothing short of consistency this season for the Pirates. As a converted Catcher to Third Baseman to Second Baseman, his defense continues to improve with each outing but his Offensive production has not seen the types of hot and cold streaks as the rest of the Pittsburgh Pirates lineup has witnessed. This type of consistency can be attractive to N.L. Manager, Bruce Bochy off the bench.

    However, there's one name, a lesser known name that deserves to be mentioned more to claim a spot on the N.L. roster from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    Joel Hanrahan

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ID:	2979Hanrahan currently has 11 saves in 11 save Opportunities. He's been perfect with his chances. Those 11 saves currently rank 5th best in all of MLB and is only 2 saves behind MLB leader Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees.

    While it is true that there are currently 3 N.L. Closers with 1 more Save than Joel Hanrahan, only Leo Nunez of the Florida Marlins has been perfect and all of them including Mariano Rivera from the A.L. have higher ERA's than Joel Hanrahan

    Why else should Joel Hanrahan be considered?

    Next to Heath Bell of the San Diego Padres and Francisco Rodriguez of the New York Mets, Joel Hanrahan has the lowest ERA of the Top 10 closers in the league (going by Saves) with nobody ahead of him in Saves having a lower ERA. Francisco Rodrguez and Heath bell have also pitched in less Innings and less games as well.

    Unfortunately for Joel Hanrahan he's not a known name to the popularity contest of All-Star voting and he also plays for the Pittsburgh Pirates which not only makes him less known but makes him more prone to people simply writing him off and being ignoring compared to other players. When it comes to N.L. Manager Bruce Bochy possibly having to make a decision for the Pittsburgh Pirates representative, a guy like Joel Hanrahan can provide some late innings relief especially with the way pitchers get used up in All-Star games and with the potential for Extra Innings.

    Evan Meek represented the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2010 All-Star game and while Joel Hanrahan isn't putting up the same sort of low ERA results that Meek had during the voting process for the All-Star game, he's been near as good while also doing it as a Closer and being perfect in converting save opportunities..
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    I'm hoping we get some guys in via voting, which hasn't happened in a while. And I hope Charlie Morton gets in via the SP selection. That would be a great thing.
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    Hanrahan could make it as the managers pick, if he keeps collecting saves. If Walker keeps it up, he should, but not likely.
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    I'm hoping we get some guys in via voting, which hasn't happened in a while. And I hope Charlie Morton gets in via the SP selection. That would be a great thing.
    The laast time I remember anyone getting in from the Pirates via voting was Freddy Sanchez where there was a big push, successful push. Perhaps Jason Bay and Nate mcLouth made it via the vote after that, can't remember, just always feels like the Pirates get a guy in based on having to have 1 rep
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    The laast time I remember anyone getting in from the Pirates via voting was Freddy Sanchez where there was a big push, successful push. Perhaps Jason Bay and Nate mcLouth made it via the vote after that, can't remember, just always feels like the Pirates get a guy in based on having to have 1 rep
    I think that was the year that the all star game was at PNC Park and Pirate fans sort of "stuffed the ballot box" via the internet to get those three in. Not sure how it is now, but back then they gave you a certain number of votes and that was supposed to be it. Well, what they didn't count on was Pirate fans deleting the cookie that was saved into their computers, so they could keep voting over and over and over. Vote 12 times, or whatever the number was, find the cookie from mlb.com, delete it, then vote another 12 times, etc. etc.

    And I would have to say that out of these past 18 losing seasons, that 2006 season might have been the only season where Pirates were actually voted in. Think of how many years the Pirates probably wouldn't have had one rep if it wasn't for that rule making it mandatory for each team to have at least one rep. Sad really.
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    I think that was the year that the all star game was at PNC Park and Pirate fans sort of "stuffed the ballot box" via the internet to get those three in. Not sure how it is now, but back then they gave you a certain number of votes and that was supposed to be it. Well, what they didn't count on was Pirate fans deleting the cookie that was saved into their computers, so they could keep voting over and over and over. Vote 12 times, or whatever the number was, find the cookie from mlb.com, delete it, then vote another 12 times, etc. etc.

    And I would have to say that out of these past 18 losing seasons, that 2006 season might have been the only season where Pirates were actually voted in. Think of how many years the Pirates probably wouldn't have had one rep if it wasn't for that rule making it mandatory for each team to have at least one rep. Sad really.
    You can still stuff votes. They even have software out there that you can use to do stuff like that... Really to vote people in for stuff like that, you need to be that slick because ...

    1. you're competing against larger markets voting as homers and when it comes to a numbers game, you're kind of on a default losing end there.

    2. Anyone can stuff ballo0ts so you might as well not concern yourself with whether someone else is doing it and just go ahead and do it and assume (msot times rightfully) that others are as well.

    But that 2006 Freddy All-Star was something. no matter how it was done, it was done. That's been about the only time saw people give a **** about the MLB all-star game in this city as far as it concerning a Pirates player in a good long time.

    Now you have my interest, I'm really curious to know how many Pirates players were actually voted in to the all-Star game since the 1992 season!
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