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Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Two Indian Pitchers

Discussion in 'Other Sports' started by OrangeRowdy95, Nov 24, 2008.

  1. OrangeRowdy95

    OrangeRowdy95 Contributing Member

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    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/nl/pirates/2008-11-24-indian-pitchers-sign_N.htm

     
  2. baller4life315

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    They must be good if they signed with us!!!

    In fact, I heard they're so good that they can each barely throw an 85 MPH fastball. As always, tons to look forward to if you're a Pirates fan. ;)
     
  3. Kam

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    that sucks for all 20 members of the pirates message board. all one billion people in India are going to crash that board and be P and S only fans.
     
  4. shastarocket

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    lol, this is going to send shockwaves throughout the indian community! It will finally put an end to the controversy btwn Indian parents and Indian kids over which is tougher to play, baseball or cricket...if they ever make it to the majors
     
  5. fmullegun

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    from Cleveland?
     
  6. Major

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    Definitely - they look MLB-ready!

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3724303


    PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates hope Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel really do have million-dollar arms.

    The two 20-year-old pitchers, neither of whom had picked up a baseball until earlier this year, signed free-agent contracts Monday with the Pirates. They are believed to be the first athletes from India to sign professional baseball contracts outside their country.

    Singh and Patel came to the United States six months ago after being the top finishers in an Indian reality TV show called the "Million Dollar Arm" that drew about 30,000 contestants. The show sought to find athletes who could throw strikes at 85 miles per hour or faster.

    While neither pitcher threw hard enough to earn the $1 million prize, Singh made $100,000 from the contest and Patel made $2,500, plus his trip to the United States.

    The contest was sponsored by a California sports management company that believed it could locate major league-worthy arms in a country of more than 1 billion. After working extensively with Southern California pitching coach Tom House since May, the pitchers staged a tryout in Tempe, Ariz., on Nov. 6 that was attended by 30 major league scouts.

    "The Pirates are committed to creatively adding talent to our organization," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Monday. "By adding these two young men, the Pirates are pleased to not only add two prospects to our system but also hope to open a pathway to an untapped market. We are intrigued by Patel's arm strength and Singh's frame and potential."

    Neither pitcher has taken the mound in a game situation, no doubt a first for a Pirates prospect. They have pitched in scrimmages against junior college competition.

    Both threw the javelin in India, a country best known for producing cricket players, and neither the right-hander Patel nor the left-hander Singh had left his small village before coming to the United States. Singh was born in Bhadoni, Uttar Pradesh, and is the youngest of nine children. Patel is from Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, and has four brothers and sisters.

    The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Patel hit 90 mph on the radar gun during his tryout, and the 6-2, 195-pound Singh topped out at 84 mph. Each has thrown harder during workout sessions that weren't attended by scouts.

    "Think of them as two Dominican kids," House told the scouts. "They're very raw. But I think this has a huge upside."

    When they first came to the United States and began playing catch, the pitchers were mystified by the concept of gloves and had to be taught not to try to catch the ball with their bare hands.

    Despite being more than raw, the pitchers were signed by well-known agent Jeff Borris, who was attracted by their potential after watching them work out at Southern Cal.

    Borris estimates they will need three to four years of minor league experience before becoming major league ready.

    Patel and Singh are learning English, most of which they have picked up from watching ESPN's Baseball Tonight and by taking online classes.

    "These young men have improved a tremendous amount in their six-month exposure to baseball and we look forward to helping them continue to fulfill their promise," Huntington said.

    The signings represent a shift in policy for the Pirates, who have mostly ignored nontraditional markets such as Asia for players.
     
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    At first I thought it was Cleveland Indians pitchers. And then I thought Indian like Native American.
     
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    so they have no fans in america so i guess they'll pick up some random indian dudes and gain 1 billion fans. At least they wont have any pressure the way yao did.
     
  9. Mulder

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    Russell Peters would say that there is no way that Indian fans will buy any Pirates tickets, hats or jerseys. :D

    "Did you hear that? He called you cheap!"

    "No, no, no. He pronounced it cheap. He meant smart, very smart.
     
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    And you wonder why they haven't fielded a winner since '91.

    MLB should adopt Premier League rules. Worst two teams drop down to AAA and the PCL and IL champions move up to the majors.
     
  12. OrangeRowdy95

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    SP Only fans
     
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    I love Russell Peters!!

    And watch out a bit. Seriously, there are a few indians who are strong, fast and have athleticism ( i mean there are more than 1 billion of us, there have to be some somewhere). They just might surprise you.

    Seriously though, when you been as bad as the Pirates have been you have to take chances on prospects that others have not looked at. You should be applauding the Pirates for trying different ideas instead of just sticking to same old ones.
     
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