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Watch out Pirates fans, here they come!

July 1, 2009

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates may soon find out if an investment of $20,000 can produce a couple of million-dollar arms. Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, their two India-born pitchers who had never seen a baseball game before being the top two finishers in a TV reality show designed to find potential major league arms, are nearly ready to make their professional debuts. Neither had picked up a baseball, much less thrown one, until little more than a year ago. Aspiring cricket players, they had no idea that American athletes could make so much money playing a sport they knew nothing about. Now, after a busy year crowded with TV show appearances, basic baseball instruction, fitness workouts, constant throwing and adjusting to a pro athlete’s life in a new country, they are about to take the mound for the Bradenton Pirates of the rookie-level Gulf Coast League. “It’s going to be fun,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. Pirates director of player development Kyle Stark said Tuesday the two pitchers are likely to see game action this week.

Getcha popcorn ready because here come the Indian cricket masters. I see why the Pirates are making so many trades these days. They need to make room on their 40-man roster to fit these studs into the rotation. I’ll bet $50 bucks that if these guys make it to the majors, their jerseys will be the highest selling numbers in Pirates history. Hell, I would buy a #18 Singh jersey.