The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, the 20-year-olds from India who were the top finishers in “Million Dollar Arm,” an Indian reality TV show that searched for potential MLB talent in the country with a gazillion people playing cricket.
The two have worked with a pitching coach since May, and earlier this month 30 pro scouts came to watch their tryout in Arizona. Other tidbits from the article:
“The Pirates are committed to creatively adding talent to our organization,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Monday.
It’s a departure from the policy of the last 15 years or so, which was being committed to adding no talent whatsoever.
When they first came to the United States and began playing catch, the pitchers were mystified by the concept of gloves and had to [be] taught not to try to catch the ball with their bare hands.
Ha ha! It’s funny because they’re uncivilized animals! Joke about them now, but the Pirates will be the ones laughing when they’re paying their Cy Young winners in cows. Although I suppose the cow is stronger than the dollar.