Pirates GM Neal Huntington Calls Anonymous Scout Who Blasted Josh Bell A 'Hack'

'There’s a lot of criticism of other team’s players, most tend to happen to be minorities which is scathing in and of itself'

The PM Team with Poni & Mueller
March 28, 2019 - 3:13 pm
Neal Huntington

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Related: Pirates Announce 25 Man Opening Day Roster

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington is responding after an anonymous scout told Sports Illustrated that Josh Bell is the most overrated players on the Pirates.

“Josh Bell can’t play. He’s not a good defender. He’s a big lump. He has bad agility, bad footwork. He can’t run. Supposedly he’s a big power threat, but he hit 12 home runs at first base. This is not a kid! This is his third year in the big leagues! I don’t think he’s got the ability to get better.”

Huntington tells the PM Team anonymous scouts at “hacks”.

“They drive me crazy,” said Huntington. “Read the other previews and there’s a lot of criticism of other team’s players, most tend to happen to be minorities which is scathing in and of itself but it’s not just Pirates players it’s kind of all over the board and sensationalism sells and I think it’s a shame, I really think it’s a shame for our game that that is what plays out. Josh Bell is a very talented athlete, we believe he is going to turn into that hitter with power and he’s continuing to get better at first base.”

Bell hit .261 last year with 12 homers and 62 RBI after a breakout 2017 season where he hit 26 HR and drove in 90.  Often criticized for his defense, Bell had a .995 fielding percentage last year making 6 errors in 1,110 chances.

Listen to the entire conversation with Huntington below

___
Follow 93.7 The Fan: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Listen to 93.7 The Fan on the Radio.com App - Download Now