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Pirates' Charlie Morton is Double Threat

Charlie Morton had an unforgettable 2010 season, but for all the wrong reasons. Pitching for a very young and ineffective Pirates rotation, he won just two games, lost 12, and had a 7.57 ERA. Not a good season by anyone's standards.

Most were unsure of what to expect from Morton entering 2011. Due to the lack of depth in the Pirates farm system, he was essentially guaranteed a spot in the big league rotation, but could he improve enough to earn a start every five days?

Well, he has done that and more. Morton altered his delivery this offseason to look identical to Roy Halladay's, hoping that by mirroring the Doc's wind-up he would mirror the Doc's success. So far, it has worked. Morton is 5-1 through eight starts with a 2.62 ERA. It's a great start, and I'm hoping he continues to make strides.

But if he doesn't, he should be ok. You see, Charlie Morton is not just a pitcher. He is also a very talented singer/songwriter who has even performed some of his original songs at Pirates events the last couple of years.

Just another example of a guy who already has one supreme talent deciding he'd like to have another. It's just not fair, man! How many of us long to strap on a guitar and sing soulfully to a group of people focused solely on us? How many of us long to strap on a glove and pitch at Wrigley Field?

Charlie Morton has done both.

Charlie Morton had an unforgettable 2010 season, but for all the wrong reasons. Pitching for a very young and ineffective Pirates rotation, he won just two games, lost 12, and had a 7.57 ERA. Not a good season by anyone's standards.

Most were unsure of what to expect from Morton entering 2011. Due to the lack of depth in the Pirates farm system, he was essentially guaranteed a spot in the big league rotation, but could he improve enough to earn a start every five days?

Well, he has done that and more. Morton altered his delivery this offseason to look identical to Roy Halladay's, hoping that by mirroring the Doc's wind-up he would mirror the Doc's success. So far, it has worked. Morton is 5-1 through eight starts with a 2.62 ERA. It's a great start, and I'm hoping he continues to make strides.

But if he doesn't, he should be ok. You see, Charlie Morton is not just a pitcher. He is also a very talented singer/songwriter who has even performed some of his original songs at Pirates events the last couple of years.

Just another example of a guy who already has one supreme talent deciding he'd like to have another. It's just not fair, man! How many of us long to strap on a guitar and sing soulfully to a group of people focused solely on us? How many of us long to strap on a glove and pitch at Wrigley Field?

Charlie Morton has done both.