The 1990s Pirates theme song and video is the stuff of unspeakable horror

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I figure we’re about due for the 2013 Pirates to have some theme or theme song or motivational slogan or whatever else you get when a team springs into contention in inspirational fashion. But given that they’ve had over 20 years to prepare for this moment, I hope it’s good and not the unspeakable horror story that was their 1990 version, which Ted Berg of USA Today found and featured for us yesterday.

This is an extended “making of” video of that atrocity. The song and video in its entirety starts at the 4:45 mark:

Rangers don’t plan to make qualifying offer to Adrián Beltré

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Rangers GM Jon Daniels said he doesn’t expect the club to make a $17.9 million qualifying offer to free agent third baseman Adrián Beltré, MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports. Daniels has been in touch with the 39-year-old, who may retire.

Beltré battled hip and hamstring issues throughout the past season, limiting him to 119 games. He hit .273/.328/.434 with 15 home runs and 65 RBI in 481 plate appearances. Going by adjusted OPS, his mark of 98 — 100 is average — was his lowest in a season since 2009 with the Mariners. Beltré’s career average is 116 and he put up a 132 in 2017 and 128 in ’16.

Beltré appears to have some stuff left in the tank. He may not be an All-Star-caliber player anymore, but he can still hit at an average level and he is still an above-average defender. It’s just a matter of his body holding up to allow him to do what he needs to do. If Beltré does decide to re-up with the Rangers for 2019, the club will be prepared to move Isiah Kiner-Falefa or Jurickson Profar over to the hot corner as they did in 2018 in the event Beltré gets bitten by the injury bug.