View Full Version : Pittsburgh Pirates sign reality show winners from India(never played baseball before)

Art Vandelay
11-27-2008, 12:02 PM
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http://i.usatoday.net/_common/_images/clear.gifRinku Singh throws batting practice during a workout earlier this year at USC's baseball field. Singh and Dinesh Patel, both from India, were offered contracts by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday.

Novice pitchers from India sign with Pirates

By [URL="http://www.usatoday.com/community/tags/reporter.aspx?id=68"]Bob Nightengale (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/nl/pirates/2008-11-24-indian-pitchers-sign_N.htm#open-share-help), USA TODAY
Dinesh Patel and Rinku Singh, cricket players who had not picked up a baseball until April, on Monday became the first athletes from India to sign professional baseball contracts, agreeing to deals with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

DETAILS: Pitchers were chosen based on reality show (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/2008-11-04-india-pitchers_N.htm)

"This is very intriguing for us," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. "We are trying to broaden our horizons internationally and to get into some non-traditional markets. I've always been curious about India, knowing they have a cultural passion for cricket, which involves throwing, hitting and running. We want to see how that translates to baseball.

"This organization benefited in Latin America when we signed Roberto Clemente, and hopefully with their success, we'll see more athletes coming from India."
Patel, 19, and Singh, 20, said Monday they never heard of Clemente, let alone Pittsburgh, when the Pirates called last week. They went to the Internet, found the city on the map, and then spent hours exploring the Pirates' website.

"It's a dream come true," said Patel, whose fastball was clocked at 93 mph in a second workout last week, according to Huntington.
Jeff Bernstein, a promoter who discovered the pitchers in a Million Dollar Arm contest in India, said he took Patel and Singh to a nearby sporting goods store where they bought Pirates hats and shirts. They even went to a jeweler and purchased black and yellow watches, colors of the Pirates.
"We're very happy that we get to stay together," Singh said. "This will make it easier for both of us."
Their agent, Jeff Borris, said he told teams it wasn't a requirement that the pitchers be signed by the same team.
"Pittsburgh showed the most vision of any club I spoke with," said Borris, who declined to divulge their signing bonus. "These guys are raw. Who knows where they'll be when they're 23.
"But ultimately, what I would like to see happen is they pave the way for other athletes to come from India to the United States."
Huntington said Patel and Singh are scheduled to report in mid-January to Bradenton, Fla., where they will work out with the Pirates' instructional league team. They realize they are years away from contending for a big-league job but refuse to let their lack of baseball acumen deter them.
"We will work every hard to make this happen," Patel said. "We want to make our country proud."

Olive Oil Goombah
11-27-2008, 12:26 PM
AA team just like i said.

Art Vandelay
11-27-2008, 12:45 PM
rookie A league

Olive Oil Goombah
11-27-2008, 12:48 PM

11-27-2008, 01:59 PM
You, guys have absolutely no business sense, this is an ingenious move by a floundering franchise, there are a billion people in India and if these guys can throw 93 mph with any kind of accuracy for 4 2/3 Innings I say , what the fuck, sign em up.

Art Vandelay
11-27-2008, 02:54 PM
first of all, their max is 87 mph. 2nd, they are already 19 and 20 years old. most players are that age when they are drafted and it still takes them another 3 or 4 years to develop into major leaguers. and probably less than 10% of those people even make it...and they have been playing baseball their entire lives. these guys never picked up a baseball until a couple months ago.

Olive Oil Goombah
11-27-2008, 08:01 PM
This is a joke.

11th Chamber
11-27-2008, 08:03 PM
That organization is a joke anyways, so who cares

If anything I guess its good for press n shit

Olive Oil Goombah
11-27-2008, 08:04 PM
dotheads dont belong in baseball.

check two
11-27-2008, 10:31 PM
They could probably start immediately on the Pirates roster this upcoming season.

Art Vandelay
11-28-2008, 02:20 AM

then they will trade them at the deadline for 2 middle relievers from somalia and a dozen balls