PITTSBURGH ( Associated Press) — Onil Cruz took off the No. 15 jersey covering his impressive shoulders. He tilted his hat back and flashed a smile that needed no translation.
With one of the biggest pieces — not just figuratively — in the revival that Pirates general manager Ben Charrington has systematically orchestrated since taking over in November 2019, it looks as good as early 2022. was predicted to happen during
The six-foot tall Dominican has made the most powerful shot by any fielder this season. He has hit the hardest and has been Pittsburgh’s fastest player on the trails through 66 games this season.
Hit scored three runs. Practically laughing his head off, Cruz jumped from second to third.
The fact that he was pulled over when he tried to convert a double into a triple. By then, the 23-year-old was already trending on Twitter.
“Cruise!” That was the cry that for the past half-decade echoed through a park more often than a library at the end of games.
Better times are ahead, so even though the finished product Cherrington wants to make in Pittsburgh is still far from realised.
With weeks to go until the All-Star Game, the Pirates are well below the .500 mark, struggling to get PNC Park the third most nights.
Many of the prospects that Charrington recruited or acquired during his 30-month term are still in the minors. Some came through trades that sent popular, proven players to other clubs, and more alienated and troubled fans desperate for a little faith in their team.
But others may have come to stay, with Cruise now wearing not 61 but 15 from last season, during a fleeting two-game appearance.
This also coincided with the signing of an eight-year contract extension with third baseman K’Brien Hayes and an unexpected contribution provided by outfielder Jack Suwinsky, who jumped from Double-A in late April as an emergency option and stayed in Gave arguments for Chief
Thus, there appears to be solid evidence that the reconstruction of Charrington is on the right track.
Manager Derek Shelton said, “Sometimes our decisions are frustrating for people, and I understand that.” “It’s difficult. We stick to our process and it’s going to be a reward for us in the long run.
Cruise’s long-awaited rise from Triple-A is a prime demonstration of how the Pirates hope to welcome a steady stream of young talent over the next several seasons. Pitcher Quinn Priester, infielder Nick Gonzalez and catcher Henry Davies – all picked in the early stages of the draft – aren’t particularly close to touching Roberto Clemente’s sign on the stairs leading to the hometown cave.
Until his arrival, the franchise will have to bet on not only the nostalgia and the beauty of its park to attract people. Gone are the days when the most popular jerseys worn by fans in the stands every night belong to Hall of Famers like Clemente or Willie Stargall.