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MLB: Pirates Acquire 1B Justin Morneau From Twins
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MLB: Pirates Acquire 1B Justin Morneau From Twins

Sep 1 2013, 8:42pm CDT | by

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired first baseman Justin Morneau from the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired first baseman Justin Morneau from the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.  Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes Morneau, who will sport No. 36 for the Pirates...

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MLB: Pirates Acquire 1B Justin Morneau From Twins

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The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired first baseman Justin Morneau from the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired first baseman Justin Morneau from the Minnesota Twins on Saturday. 

Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes Morneau, who will sport No. 36 for the Pirates, "arrived mid-game and was greeted by handshakes, smiles and a bear-hug by catcher Russell Martin just after 9 p.m." 

The Pirates sent outfielder Alex Presley and a player to be named later to Minnesota to complete the deal. Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said the team will pay the remainder of Morneau's salary which is believed to be an estimated $2.3 million. 

"We felt that this move gives us a better chance to play in October, give us a better chance to win a division, and gives us a better chance to advance deep into October, if not win it all

"We felt we're at a little bit of an interesting point in the franchise's history. These are not moves we want to make habits of. But we felt like this move allows us to get to October better."

On his part, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle doesn't deny the fact they're a better and stroner team with Morneau on board, per ESPN. 

"We've got more depth, we've got more options than we had four days ago. We're a better team. We're a stronger team." 

USA Today Sports' Bob Nightengale reports Morneau has been hampered by the effects of a concussion injury the past few seasons with the Twins, who were not eager to re-sign him as they believe his $14 million salary is too steep. 

Nonetheless, his signing should shore up the Pirates' postseason aspirations following them acquiring outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck from the New York Mets last Tuesday. 

Morneau, the 2006 American League MVP, had a .259 average to go along with 32 doubles, 17 home runs and 74 RBIs for the Twins in the 2013 MLB season. 

 
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NEW YORK — The final numbers are in, and Major League Baseball’s batting average hasn’t been this low since Richard Nixon was in the White House, a gallon of gasoline cost 55 cents and the designated hitter was a radical proposal limited to spring training experiments. Big league hitters batted .251 this year, down two points from last season and 20 points lower than the Steroids Era peak in 1999. Lots of big names didn’t even reach the average, a group ...
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MLB batting average drops to lowest since 1972

Sep 29 2014 7:33am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — The final numbers are in, and Major League Baseball’s batting average hasn’t been this low since Richard Nixon was in the White House, a gallon of gasoline cost 55 cents and the designated hitter was a radical proposal limited to spring training experiments. Big league hitters batted .251 this year, down two points from last season and 20 points lower than the Steroids Era peak in 1999. Lots of big names didn’t ...
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MLB batting average drops to lowest since 1972

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Sep 29 2014 7:33am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

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