Neal Huntington Makes It Official: Rinku and Dinesh Are Pirates

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That's a screenshot of as of 7:30PM EST, displaying our Indian heroes in all their glory. They're the top story because Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington has made it official: Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel are now professional baseball players.

"The Pirates are committed to creatively adding talent to our organization," general manager Neal Huntington said in a statement. "By adding these two young men, we 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," he continued. "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 potential."

Still no update to the blog, but the Twitter feed posted a link to the story. Which, I suppose, is pointless because the only people who follow 'mdollararm' on Twitter are Walkoff Walk readers.

Here's what the Pittsburgh Pirates blogosphere has to say about the move:

Bucs Dugout:

Expect some serious mental errors if and when they play minor league ball for the Pirates. One scout quoted in the article gives both of them a good chance of making the majors, but I don't think that will happen. Really, this is about establishing a presence in a region where talent might emerge later.

Where Have You Gone, Andy Van Slyke? (comment by 'Emma'):

After reading their blog I've moved from bemusement to unadulterated adoration. I'M IN LOVE.

That's exactly how we feel, Emma.

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Fuck this, I'm taking up Cricket. Anyone have a short-form explanation of the rules?

Has anyone seen the Pirates press release?

"Singh and Patel are the first-ever Indian-born players to sign a professional sports contract outside of the country,"

This is a lie!!!! Many Indians have gone to play professional cricket in England. Leave it to the Pirates to not do simple fact-checking...

Plus I think Gandhi spent some time playing ice hockey in Finland.

Well Chief....

You have two sides: One out in the field and one in.
Each man that's in the side that's in goes out and when he's out he comes in and the next man goes in until he's out.
When they are all out the side that's out comes in and the side that's been in goes out and tries to get those coming in out.
Sometimes you get men still in and not out.
When both sides have been in and out including the not outs,
That's the end of the game.


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