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As a Pirate, McLouth was flying blind

In the middle of Nate McLouth (and his chronicler) ripping the Pirates for doing what they really had to do -- trading veterans like McLouth and Nady and all the rest of them -- there's this little nugget:

    Last season, McLouth hit .256 with 20 homers and 70 RBI. He expects to put up better stats this year after getting contact lenses in the offseason.

    "It's kind of like going from watching standard definition television to watching HD," he said. "I notice a big difference, both seeing pitches and in the outfield."

    McLouth said his vision could have been corrected years ago, but he never bothered to visit an optometrist. The Pirates checked his vision each year during spring training, but never detected any problems.

    "A blind man could pass that test they do," McLouth said, noting it basically consisted of reading an eye chart.

If you work for the Pittsburgh Pirates, please take a deep breath.

Take another one. Okay?

If McLouth is being unfair, I admire your restraint.

If McLouth is being fair, you might start figuring out who to blame. Because if McLouth hits 30 homers and plays (actual) Gold Glove defense for the Braves this season, the Pirates might have to fire somebody.