For those who are laying eyes on this for the first time, it's quite simple. There are a bunch of guys that played for the Pirates, and basically no one knew. Either because they were washed up, they sucked, or got lost in the usual offseason swaps.
This week's edition features a slight above average righty that play primarily for a division rival. Any guesses?
The picture help? No? Here you go...
2008 Topps Heritage
Number of seasons with the Pirates: 16 starts, never a full season
Career stats with the Pirates:
His legacy: Matt's Pirates career was abysmal. He was acquired through a deadline deal in July of 2007, where the Pirates traded a way a very solid prospect (and a future "He Was a Pirate?" to be named) and assumed Morris' $10+ Million contract from the Giants.
After his lousy 2007 campaign, there was some hope for a fresh start for the 33 year old. Rather than making another bid for Comeback Player of the Year- an award he won in 2001 for St Louis- Matt completely shat the bed, going 0-4 in 5 starts with a 9.67 ERA. He was then released from the Pirates before the end of April, and he permanently retired from baseball three days later.
I'll remember Matt Morris just like everyone else: A member of any team but the Pirates.
Thanks for reading!