Pirates Pitcher Jameson Taillion: "I'm Too Good To Be Couple Of Good Starts, Couple Of Average Starts and A Couple of Bad Starts"

Cook and Joe Show

Joe Kapp
November 07, 2018 - 4:33 pm
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon (50) delivers a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning at PNC Park.

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Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon was a huge bright spot for the Pirates pitching staff in 2018 and for his efforts he will be honored with the Chuck Tanner Memorial Award at the Chuck Tanner Awards banquet on Saturday night.


Taillon joined the Cook and Joe Show and he talked about what he did to be so dominant in the second half of the season


“One big thing for me is I kinda just had a moment where I decided to put my foot down and kinda just said you know what I’m too good to have a couple good starts, couple average starts, couple of bad starts…I’m way too talented for that,” Taillon said. “I’ve worked way way way too hard to be struggling like that and I got sick of walking up the tunnel after a game and people telling me…way to battle, way to grind…you know with a guy of my talent I shouldn’t have to grind every single start.”


Taillon is excited about what he and this pitching staff could do in 2019 with a nice mix of veterans and young hungry guys with plenty of talent.


“I think we can walk into spring training and feel pretty good about the guys that were going to have in that room,” Taillon said. “I’m definitely extremely excited and I just don’t think were done either. I think every guy in that room too is going to be able to look at each other and say you know what we can be way better that what we were last year. I wouldn’t bet against anyone in that room to improve, work hard and get better.”


Taillon says he tries to be a complete pitcher. He doesn’t want to be a guy who leads the league in strikeouts but last in ERA but there is one thing above all he is proud of accomplishing this past season.


‘When I look back on 2018 and look at the season I had I’m pretty proud of making all my starts from the beginning to the end,” Taillon added. “made it to the finish line healthy…made all my starts, took the ball every turn in my rotation and threw over 190 innings which for me I’ve never done before so that’s something I think I’ll be most proud of.”


Taillon will be honored at the Chuck Tanner banquet on Saturday night along with Bob Melvin of the Oakland A’s for Chuck Tanner Manager of the Year, Lanny Frattare the Longtime Voice of the Pirates for the Lifetime Achievement Award and more.


The event is at the Rivers Club at Oxford Centre Downtown. Reception begins at 6 pm and the dinner starts at 7 pm. Tickets still remain and can be purchased at www.chucktannerbanquet.com