Bob Smizik: Peter Gammons raves about Gregory Polanco


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If there were a Baseball Writers Hall of Fame, Peter Gammons would be a unanimous, first ballot enshrinee. In addition to being a spectacular reporter and excellent writer, Gammons has revolutionized the way baseball is covered. No one has done it better than Gammons. Many have emulated his style and work ethic.

With all that, he’s a pretty classy guy who always went out of his way to help younger writers.

So when Gammons speaks, it’s wise to listen. And he’s not just speaking what he thinks, he is channeling the thoughts of baseball people across the country. Among his talents, Gammons’ best one might be his ability to siphon information from ‘sources.’

Here’s what he said about Pirates prospect Gregory Polanco:

''The single most significant winter ball story has been 22-year-old Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco, the Darryl Strawberry lookalike who was the MVP in the Dominican as he put up an astounding .428 on-base percentage. He is close to being another huge chip in the rebirth of a franchise that had the third-best record in the National League in 2013 and has Baseball America’s rating as the best farm system in the game.’’

If Polanco arrives this season, it should be a bonus for the Pirates. But he should be fully ready to assume a starting role in 2015. By 2016, he could be part of the best outfield in baseball.


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