Saturday, February 20, 2016

Pirate Autograph Project: #9

Keith Osik isn't your typical backup catcher.  Over his seven seasons with the Bucs, Osik appeared at third base, second base, left field, right field,  first base, and even a game at both pitcher and DH.  For those keeping score at home that means he popped up everywhere but shortstop and center field.  

He was a solid backup player for the most part, offering some pretty solid offensive skills for the position.  Of course his entire tenure overlapped with Jason Kendall's time behind the dish.  But the revolving door of catchers that would cycle through Pittsburgh over the decade after he left made Pirate fans appreciate the stability behind the plate during the Kendall/Osik seasons.

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