Steve Blass On Josh Harrison: ‘Ride Him Until You Find Out’
PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Pirates broadcaster and 1971 World Series champion Steve Blass joined “The Fan Morning Show” in-studio for an hour on Wednesday to field the guys’ questions and talk about the current state of the Pirates.
During the interview, Blass addressed the predicament that the Pirates and Manager Clint Hurdle are currently facing with Josh Harrison, as he isn’t viewed as an every day player, but continues to perform like one.
Blass feels that Clint Hurdle has to keep riding the hot hand, and make a difficult judgment call should Harrison slow down.
“You run him out there and you find out,” Blass said. “Those guys are part-time players for a reason, with their history and their background. But, that being said, sometimes a guy just gets it figured out, and maybe he can go from a part-time player to a regular player, who knows? But, you ride him until you find out one way or the other, and if he keeps going, then he becomes an every day player if he doesn’t back off. The tough thing is even every day players have these peaks and valleys, so if Josh goes 0-for-4 a couple days, you say ‘Oh, okay, is the run over?’ That’s what managers get paid for.”
Blass’ appearance on the show came in place of Bob Walk’s usual Wednesday at 8:40 a.m. spot, as Walk was out in San Diego with the team.
The interview can be heard here: